Clinton has ‘doubts’ about Obama’s Arctic drilling policies

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to a crowd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.(Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to a crowd in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.(Liam Richards/The Canadian Press)
In an interview with a New Hampshire television station, U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton expressed doubts about President Barack Obama’s decision to allow oil exploration in Alaska’s offshore Arctic waters — though she stopped short of saying she opposed it.

“I have doubts about whether we should continue drilling in the Arctic,” she told NH1 News. “And I don’t think it is a necessary part of our overall clean energy climate change agenda. I will be talking about drilling in general but I am skeptical about whether we should give the go-ahead to drill in the Arctic.”

Clinton’s remarks came at a Tuesday evening rally in New Hampshire, an important state in presidential campaigns because it holds the nation’s earliest primary.

Her remarks came less than a week after the Obama administration granted the two final permits allowing Royal Dutch Shell to drill in the Chukchi Sea this season, and just days after announcing her own climate and energy plans.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada:  Greenpeace responds to report Canada is ill-prepared for Arctic oil, Radio Canada International

Finland: Finns still sharply divided over wind power, Yle News

Greenland: Arctic oil and gas must stay in ground to restrict warming to 2°C says study, Blog by Mia Bennett

Iceland:  From Arctic Circle 2013-2014, a big drop in the price of oil, Blog by Mia Bennett

Norway:  Norway surpasses Russia as top gas supplier, Barents Observer

Russia: Rosneft buys time in Arctic, Barents Observer

United States:  U.S. Coast Guard investigation into damaged Shell icebreaker moves, Alaska Dispatch News

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