Obama allies Browner, Podesta now oppose Arctic drilling

Shell’s Alaskan woes prompted a new, “high-level” Interior Department review that will “help inform future permitting” in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas, where Shell and several other big oil companies hold leases.

Here’s a bit more from Podesta, who was President Clinton's White House chief of staff, and Browner:

Last week, announcing the beginning of an internal review of the Arctic drilling program, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar admitted that he “never felt comfortable” with Shell’s efforts and added, “it may be that Shell isn’t even ready to move forward with drilling in 2013.”

He should take that statement a step further. The Obama administration shouldn’t issue any new permits to Shell this year and should suspend all action on other companies’ applications to drill in this remote and unpredictable region.