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Obama Administration Drilling Proposal Leaves Arctic Future in the Balance

In response to the Obama administration’s proposal to include America’s Arctic in its five-year offshore drilling plan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement today from Margaret Williams, managing director of US Arctic programs:

“Last week the US and Canada committed to strong science and bold decisions to address climate and the changing Arctic. That’s the good news. This week the Obama administration reaffirmed its intentions but delivered nothing in the way of definitive decisions about the Arctic’s future. This is especially true when it comes to conservation and offshore oil and gas. The job is not done until those decisions are made and those decisions need to happen soon, because every month matters.

“The administration needs to use every opportunity in the time it has left to ensure that the Arctic’s future is one that balances conservation of precious natural resources with the best possible future for the people that live there.”