When Barack Obama promised change last year, is this the kind of change that you thought he would deliver: A federal government authorization to an oil company to harass arctic seals threatened by global warming?
The That’s exactly what’s happened this summer. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, led by Obama appointee Jane Lubchenco, has given official permission to Shell Offshore to target ribbon seals that it perceives as interfering with its offshore drilling for fossil fuels.
It’s bad enough that the ribbon seals have been refused protection under the Endangered Species Act. Do we really need the Obama Administration to help Big Oil chase ribbon seals off of the dwindling Arctic ice floes?
The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a lawsuit to force the Obama Administration to provide protections for the ribbon seals, rather than permissions to Shell Oil. Biologist Shaye Wolf, who works at the center, says of Obama, “There may be a new captain at the helm, but the federal government is still steering wildlife management in the Arctic on a course for extinction.”
How’s that for hope?