Profiting from melting sea ice, Royal Dutch Shell began drilling operations in the Chukchi Sea in the Arctic early Sunday morning, seventy miles off the Alaska coast, only to have to temporarily halt those operations because of sea ice moving towards their vessel.
However, they'll go back to preparing for drilling again once the sea ice moves on.
So, why did U.S. President Obama give permission for the oil drilling? Well, let's see: Maybe, just maybe, it was because Royal Dutch Shell paid the U.S. government $2.8 billion for petroleum leases in the Chukchi Sea.
(Nah. The president argued against offshore drilling in his 2008 campaign, didn't he? In other words, he was against offshore drilling before he was for it. And everybody knows he's all for 'clean' energy, right?)
Offshore drilling is opposed by every environmental group in the world - except for the U.S. EPA, of course - because obviously any oil spills would be ruinous in a region which is inhabited by many endangered marine mammals. And there is the fact that oil drilling in the area would contribute to global warming.
Greenpeace is protesting, naturally - for all the bloody good it will do them...or our world.
But, what the hell, who cares if drilling contributes to extinction of marine mammals or adds to global warming, as long as people get the petrol to run their cars? Cheaper energy resources are all that matters, right?
The big joke here, though, is that it isn't only Shell that will drill in the Arctic, but various other companies from different nations as well. Shell is just the one that is getting the publicity at this time.
Yeah, such a "smart" deal, to let a foreign company extract a vital resource from American waters, then sell the proceeds to Americans.
Can you say "D'oh!" as in "D'Ohbama"?
Try googling "Gull Island" for info about a strike on two different oil fields that are huge, yet sit capped right now...and ON-shore, btw.
"History records that the moneychangers have used every form of abuse, deceit, intrigue, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and it's issuance." -- James Madison(1751-1836), Father of the Constitution for the USA, 4th US President