America’s Arctic Ocean: A Home to Polar Bears
America’s Arctic is ground zero for the devastating impacts of climate change – warming at about twice the rate of the rest of the world – and offshore drilling can only exacerbate the problem. Little is known about the effects of risky, aggressive drilling proposed by the oil industry in these abundant, pristine waters. Currently, there is no proven way to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic’s extreme, icy conditions. Shell’s long list of setbacks and failures over the last few years – coupled with the extreme risk for oil spills and further climate destruction in an already fragile ecosystem – provides overwhelming evidence that the oil and gas industry is not prepared to operate safely in the Arctic Ocean.