Is BP behind us or is it an election year? Alaskans, at least, are saying that if Royal Dutch Shell is allowed to explore for oil and gas off its coastline then it would be a bountiful supply line as well as a huge job creator. TAGGED: oil
The debate over whether to allow more oil and gas drilling near the Arctic slope has long been a battle point between Alaskans and environmentalists. Throughout the years, momentum shifts from one interest group to the next, depending on the circumstances. Before the BP oil spill in April 2010, the Democratic-led White House was easing the resistance to more off-shore drilling. After the accident, however, the national demeanor changed and the administration hit the brakes.