Despite ruling, Alaska senator optimistic on Arctic drilling this summer

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich says he remains optimistic that yesterday's federal court ruling against the U.S. government’s handling of offshore drilling leases won’t stop oil drilling in Arctic waters this summer.

The decision could affect Royal Dutch Shell's (RDS.A, RDS.B) plan to revive oil exploration in the Arctic this year after a series of problems in 2012 and 2013; Shell's only comment so far is that it is "reviewing the opinion."

Environmentalists, of course, hope Begich’s optimism is misplaced, and are asking the Obama administration to seize on the ruling as a chance to shift course on Arctic drilling.

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  • SoldHigh
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    The goal of the nut-job Environmentalists is, ironically, to end civilization as we know it (except for elitist Environmentalists) and put us all in camps or caves where our Environmentalist overlords can manage our lives as they see in fit, all under the guise of saving the planet. China laughs.
    23 Jan 2014, 10:47 PM Reply Like
  • User 10667541
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    That comment is so much rubbish. Bet you support the Pebble Mine operation being allowed to continue forward, eh?
    24 Jan 2014, 09:42 AM Reply Like
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