2008 was the year in which Trump’s administration proposed a new project that intended to start an offshore oil-drilling in federal Arctic waters, by doing this they would endanger local communities, multiple species and the environment.
However, immediately after the project was approved by the administration it was “slapped with lawsuits decrying the permits.” Environmentalists over the globe have opposed themselves against this project defending that “the artificial drilling and underwater pipeline would risk oil spills in the area.”
This proposal would have been a threat to polar bears and their habitat, nonetheless, during the official court celebrated this year officials determined that Trump’s administration had not considered the climate consequences of the scheme, according to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which was signed into law on January 1, 1970. NEPA requires federal agencies to assess the environmental effects of their proposed actions prior to making decisions.
Numerous organisations have responded to the decision taken by the court, the legal director at the Center of Biological Diversity publicly stated that “this is a huge victory for polar bears and our climate”. On the same note, Friends of the Earth legal director joined on the celebration by saying that “thankfully, the court put the health of our children and our planet over oil company profits”.
These two organisations united with famous environmental institutions like Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife and Pacific Environment all of whom are represented by nonprofit environmental law organisation, Earthjustice.
The Liberty Project would have involved the construction of a nine-acre artificial island in the middle of the Arctic “with a 24-acre footprint, in about 20 feet of water and a 5.6-mile pipeline under Arctic waters to send the oil into onshore pipelines.”
Due to the advocation of the project the polar bears will be able to conserve their habitat, this is not only beneficial for them but for the whole planet as it is important that our society starts moving away from oil and gas and start looking for alternatives if we want to end the current environmental crisis.
“If we are going to create a just, green, and peaceful future, it must start with rejecting destructive projects like Liberty. Climate action must happen now and the Biden administration needs to keep its promise to halt any new oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters,” said Tim Donaghy, senior research specialist at Greenpeace.
Greenpeace has used this opportunity to spread awareness on how we need as a society to protect our environments as we are rapidly moving closer to a grave environmental crisis, stating: “Healthy oceans help to support people, fight climate breakdown, and protect wildlife, so it’s critical that we protect the oceans with a robust Global Ocean Treaty that allows at least 30% of the oceans to become fully protected ocean sanctuaries by 2030.”