WWF Statement on the Arctic’s Removal from US Offshore Drilling Program #ArcticTemporaryReprive

In response to the Obama administration decision to remove America’s Arctic from the Department of the Interior’s five-year offshore drilling plan, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) issued the following statement from President and CEO Carter Roberts:

“The Arctic remains one of our country’s most magnificent and fragile landscapes. It’s home to some of the oldest remaining indigenous cultures and our most cherished species and places. We need to be smart about how we manage Arctic resources to ensure we safeguard the incredible richness of this place.

“We know there is no way to clean up oil once it enters the frozen waters of the Arctic. We know there is no proven technology to drill safely in that region.

“We applaud the president’s action. We know it is only a temporary reprieve and we hope that more permanent measures will follow.”

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