In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." Interior Secretary Jewell recently echoed this sentiment and when talking about the Arctic, said that "some places are just too special to drill."
If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.
Will sky high prices remain? Only if oil can retain its monopoly in transportation. Transportation alternatives, however, are breathing down oil's back. Big oil companies need to recognize that their future is as smaller players
What you're seeing is the Russian Special Forces response to a peaceful protest. Peaceful activism is crucial when governments around the world have failed to respond to dire scientific warnings about the consequences of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere.
In June, President Obama said, "we can't just drill our way out of the energy and climate challenge that we face." I am hopeful that the president will heed his own advice, and keep our Arctic Ocean safe from dirty and dangerous oil drilling.
It is clear that there are far cheaper fuels -- efficiency, solar and wind to replace coal and natural gas in the U.S., and biofuels or electricity elsewhere to reduce oil intensity. So how much $100 fossil fuel can the world afford, climate aside?
The basic idea of communities controlling more of their own power mix in order to lower costs, increase renewables and protect the environment is sound. But the Shell contract with San Francisco will create no new renewables while raising green house gases.
The infrastructure to clean up a spill in the Arctic Ocean is non-existent -- the U.S. Coast Guard is 1,000 miles away -- and there is no demonstrated response capability. The Arctic's harsh and chaotic environment would make any cleanup effort a nightmare.
In Kiobel case, the Supreme Court unanimously denied Nigerian asylees justice for gross violations of human rights perpetrated by the Shell Corporation. When, and how, are we going to hold corporations accountable for abuses that law, and ethics, universally condemn?
Hashtags won't fix this. At some point we need to take action, to stand up and be counted against the brute force of the oil companies, lobbyists and politicians who willingly pollute our climate system.
The people took a stand against one of the largest multi-national oil companies in the world and resolved to fight back against Shell's plans to annihilate the Sacred Headwaters. And we were successful.