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Spoof Video Highlights Folly of Shell Oil Drilling in the Arctic

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Yes, this video is a spoof - not a real event by Shell Oil - yet we thought it was worth posting for one big reason: it highlights the folly of Shell Oil drilling in the Arctic. As Rebeccal Leber of ClimateProgress explains:

More seriously, the poor performance at the party reminds us of the very real concerns with Shell’s plans. The Government Accountability Office has cited concerns with Shell’s spill response plan, raising questions about whether the equipment could withstand the extreme conditions.

The insurance giant Lloyd’s of London expressed major concerns with Shell’s plans, warning of a “unique and hard-to-manage risk,” and WestLB bank refused to fund a project with such excessive risks. Even if a spill doesn’t occur, taxpayers are footing the bill for the Coast Guard to monitor Shell, just to ensure the company is following the law for its billions in profit.

In fact, come to think of it, the real "spoof" in all this is the concept that the oil industry - the same folks who brought us Exxon Valdez and the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill - can be trusted not to cause an environmental disaster in the Arctic.