The Arctic Wildlife Refuge is America’s last wild frontier, home to polar bears, caribou, musk ox and other important species. You’d think that as a country we would be doing everything we could to protect this wild special place. Unfortunately, short-sighted plans are being put in place for short-term profit at the expense of wildlife that depends on this area to […]
Polar bear resting, Alaska (photo: USFWS)

The Department of Interior (DOI) has kicked off its efforts to fast-track the lease sale to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry — and we really need your help to prevent another catastrophic environmental disaster. Add your name to oppose opening the Arctic Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.The Threat to the Arctic Polar bears, caribou […]

We can't make this stuff up. Exxon has just announced plans to partner with Rosneft, a massive Russian oil company that's been the target of U.S. sanctions, on a $700 million oil well in the Arctic. It's not enough that Exxon and friends are wrecking our climate, polluting our oceans, and taking $20 billion of our tax dollars to do it […]

President Obama sent mixed signals on his commitment to environmental protection when he announced his nominations to lead the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.  His EPA nominee, Gina McCarthy, is a tried and true environmental advocate with a proven track record on regulating pollution that causes global warming. But Obama's nominee to run the energy department, Ernest Moniz, […]

I have great news — Shell Oil announced Wednesday it will not resume its oil drilling efforts in the Arctic until at least 2014.* While this is not a promise to drop its goal of putting oil platforms in the wild, remote Arctic, it is an admission by Shell that their plans are fraught with problems.  It […]

Earlier this month, we launched an action calling on the President to drop his support for his so-called "all of the above" energy policy and to instead use the first State of the Union address of his second term to lay out a clear plan to stop global warming. Since then, President Obama said some pretty momentous things about climate change in […]

They were for it before they were against it, but nevertheless we're glad to have Carol Browner and John Podesta joining the call to end drilling in the Arctic. "We were open to offshore oil and gas development in the Arctic provided oil companies and the government could impose adequate safeguards, ensure sufficient response capacity and develop a deeper understanding of […]

For the sake of the Arctic, I wish I were making this up, but it's true: last week Shell oil's drilling platform ran aground in Alaska — AGAIN. This latest blunder underscores the fact that Shell and the other Big Oil companies are utterly unprepared to drill in the dangerous climate of the Arctic, and that drilling is likely to cause massive […]

Shocked, we are, stunned beyond belief. No way we could have seen this coming. On Monday, just one day after Shell began drilling in the Arctic Ocean, the oil company was forced to stop drilling, pull up anchors and move the drilling equipment because sea ice was threatening the safety of the operation. The good news is that there was no accident, […]

Your weekly news roundup on everything environment Arctic Sea Ice Levels to Break Record Within Days Over the weekend, Arctic sea ice is set to reach a new record low since data collection began in 1979, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).  Often called the world’s air conditioner, the amount of sea ice in the Arctic is important because […]