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The Arctic as the New Frontier in Oil and Gas?

Caution must be maintained around simplified accounts of the maritime Arctic as a modern-day El Dorado

US President Barack Obama’s comments on a visit to Alaska in September were noticeable for what they did and did not reflect upon. The president expressed concern about the impact of climate change on Alaskan communities and ecosystems. But he said little about the key issue of offshore drilling activity. This omission has been interpreted by some US commentators as yet another indicator that the Obama administration is failing to protect US interests in the Arctic. Indeed,

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