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By Andrew Holland on May 4, 2012 with 4 responses

Energy Development in the Arctic: Threats and Opportunities

One of the most contentious domestic political issues in the debate between energy development and environmental policy for over 20 years has been how to develop America’s energy resources in the Arctic. As Shell makes preparations to send offshore drilling rigs into the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas north of Alaska, I thought it would be important to walk through the history of energy exploration in Alaska.

Brooks Range Mountains in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR).
Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, looking south toward the Brooks Range mountains.

Two weeks ago, I spoke as a part of a lecture series by the Massachusetts-based Manomet Center about energy development and ecosystems in the Arctic. Manomet is a conservation sciences organization that was founded to study migratory shorebirds; I was paired in the lecture with Stephen Brown, one of Manomet’s foremost experts on Alaskan shorebirds. The event was very interesting because it allowed a frank and open discussion of the threats and opportunities in the Arctic. The discussion below is adapted from my presentation.

By Staff on Apr 29, 2010 with 2 responses

Why it doesn’t matter that there’s ‘plenty of oil left’

While there might be plenty of oil left below the surface of our planet, it won’t be enough to prevent an oil shock in the short-term future.