Examining President Barack Obama’s Environmental Legacy For Animals

By Brittney O'Neill Jan 9, 2017

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No Drilling

Another way Obama tried to limit greenhouse gases was to eliminate oil drilling in parts of the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean. The Obama administration joined Canada in banning oil exploration in the Arctic Ocean and the northern Atlantic. Many of these parts of the world are off-limits due to the very expensive processes oil companies need to reach oil fields in these areas.
Even with the limits on current technology, environmental groups feared that future innovations might cause oil companies to reach those untapped areas. In the Arctic, oil drilling equipment might freeze under extreme temperatures. During the summer months, temperatures during the day may not get much higher than 50 or 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter time oil drilling is nearly impossible with the ice floes.
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The lack of drilling in the Arctic Ocean saves a pristine part of our planet from possible toxic waste and oil spills. Fewer amounts of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and methane, spewed into the atmosphere means the ice levels at the top part of the world remain more stable.
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No drilling in the frigid north means that humanity might save some key animal species from the ravages of a contemporary, technological society. Saving animals and the environment is a good thing, though, because we only have one planet on which to live. We need to keep Earth in good shape if we are to survive.
Source: Nationalgeographic | Wired
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