08 November 2011 BREAKING: Obama Leaves Arctic Vulnerable to Devastating Oil Spill Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: The Arctic's Chukchi Sea. Photo courtesy USFWS WASHINGTON (November 8, 2011) – The Obama administration today announced its Proposed Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2012-2017. The plan schedules 15 potential lease sales for the five year period – 12 in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska. The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO for Defenders of Wildlife: “The Obama administration made the wise decision to protect vast tracts of the country’s oceans from oil and gas exploration. However, the inclusion of the Arctic Ocean in the country’s five-year drilling plan is indefensible. From the extreme and unpredictable conditions of the region to the lack of a realistic spill response, the risks of a drilling disaster in the Arctic remain too high to authorize exploratory drilling. While the announcement proposes to address these threats by deferring drilling for a handful of years, the only way to protect this fragile marine environment from the threats posed by dangerous oil and gas exploration is to take it off the table altogether. Drilling in the Arctic Ocean poses grave threats to America's vanishing polar bears. Photo courtesy USFWS “Instead of enabling our country’s addiction to oil for five more years, the administration should strengthen its efforts to wean America off dirty fossil fuels, accelerating the transition to a clean energy future.” Learn more: See how offshore drilling threatens the Arctic’s fragile marine environment. Shell may begin drilling in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea as early as next summer. Read about the oil giant’s inadequate oil spill response plan and the threat it poses to bowhead whales and polar bears. One Response to “BREAKING: Obama Leaves Arctic Vulnerable to Devastating Oil Spill” Amanda November 8th, 2011 Please mr obama reconsider this our world and these endangered animals are worth more than money greed n politics u have the power to look long and hard within yourself and make a good decision because it is up to u to make a difference I will like the rest of our planet be utterly disgusted in you for going ahead with this I actually think if u go ahead with this u will be judged by ur creator and the world no money in the world should sway you. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.