CREDO Action released the statement below in response to Royal Dutch Shell’s announcement that the company will cease further exploration activity in offshore Alaska for the foreseeable future:
“You know momentum is building when even Shell agrees that going to the Arctic was a mistake,” said CREDO Climate Campaigns Director Elijah Zarlin. “President Obama never should have allowed Shell to drill in the Arctic in the first place,” Zarlin continued.
“He can avoid the same mistake – and show he is serious about addressing climate change – by announcing that he won’t renew the existing Arctic drilling leases that are set to expire over the next few years,” Zarlin added.
CREDO has fought for years to stop Arctic drilling. In August, as President Obama departed for a trip to Alaska to tout his climate policies, CREDO launched www.MissionNotAccomplished.com to highlight President Obama’s hypocrisy on Arctic drilling. More than 100,000 people signed the petition at MissonNotAccomplished.com telling President Obama that “climate leaders don’t drill the Arctic.”
CREDO also released a video remixing the White House video promo of President Obama’s Arctic trip to include President Obama’s record of fossil fuel extraction – highlighting the self-defeating climate hypocrisy of his climate and energy policy. View the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ipx2wypPXJw