Drilling in the Arctic is a Mistake January 24, 2013 : 1:00 PM

Two of President Obama’s former top aides have come out against drilling for oil in the Arctic. Previously, John Podesta and Carol Browner had supported exploratory drilling in the region, but now, “it seems this optimism was misplaced.” More from their op-ed, published in Bloomberg:

“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 how oil behaves in ice and freezing water. Now, following a series of mishaps and errors, as well as overwhelming weather conditions, it has become clear that there is no safe and responsible way to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean… The Obama administration should hit the pause button on Arctic offshore drilling with relatively little damage done.”