MoJo Author Feeds: Subhankar Banerjee | Mother Jones http://www.motherjones.com/rss/authors/61527 http://www.motherjones.com/files/motherjonesLogo_google_206X40.png Mother Jones logo http://www.motherjones.com en Saving the Arctic From Big Oil http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2012/08/saving-arctic-big-oil <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>This <a href="http://www.tomdispatch.com/blog/175577/" target="_blank">story</a> first appeared on the </em><a href="http://www.tomdispatch.com/" target="_blank">TomDispatch</a><em> website.</em></p> <p>When you go to the mountains, you go to the mountains. When it's the desert, it's the desert. When it's the ocean, though, we generally say that we're going "to the beach." Land is our element, not the waters of our world, and that is an unmistakable advantage for any oil company that wants to drill in pristine waters.</p> <p>Take Shell Oil. Recently, the company's drill ship, the fabulously named Noble Discoverer, <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-shell-discoverer-drifts-20120715,0,888755.story" target="_blank">went adrift</a> and almost grounded in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. That should be considered an omen for a distinctly star-crossed venture to come. Unfortunately, few of us are paying the slightest attention.</p> <p>Shell is getting ready to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, an ecosystem staggeringly rich in life of every sort, and while it's not yet quite a done deal, the prospect should certainly focus our minds. But first, it's worth reminding ourselves of the mind-boggling richness of the life still in our oceans.</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/environment/2012/08/saving-arctic-big-oil"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Environment Animals Corporations Energy Tom Dispatch Thu, 02 Aug 2012 20:11:21 +0000 Subhankar Banerjee 188971 at http://www.motherjones.com BPing the Arctic http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2010/05/bp-shell-arctic-drilling <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><body><p><em>This <a href="http://www.tomdispatch.com/archive/175253/" target="_blank">story</a> first appeared on the <a href="http://www.tomdispatch.com/" target="_blank">TomDispatch</a> website.</em></p> <p>Bear with me. I'll get to the oil. But first you have to understand where I've been and where you undoubtedly won't go, but Shell's drilling rigs surely will&mdash;unless someone stops them.</p> <p>Over the last decade, I've come to know Arctic Alaska about as intimately as a photographer can. I've been there many times, starting with the 14 months I spent back in 2001-2002 crisscrossing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge&mdash;4,000 miles in all seasons by foot, raft, kayak, and snowmobile, regularly accompanied by Inupiat hunter and conservationist Robert Thompson from Kaktovik, a community of about 300 on the Arctic coast, or with Gwich'in hunters and conservationists Charlie Swaney and Jimmy John from Arctic Village, a community of about 150 residents on the south side of the Brooks Range Mountains.</p> <p>In the winter of 2002, Robert and I camped for 29 days at the Canning River delta along the Beaufort Sea coast to observe a polar bear den. It's hard even to describe the world we encountered. Only four calm days out of that near-month. The rest of the time a blizzard blew steadily, its winds reaching a top speed of 65 miles per hour, while the temperature hovered in the minus-40-degree range, bringing the wind-chill factor down to something you'll never hear on your local weather report: around minus 110 degrees.</p></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/environment/2010/05/bp-shell-arctic-drilling"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Environment Energy Regulatory Affairs Tom Dispatch BP Wed, 26 May 2010 19:09:59 +0000 Subhankar Banerjee 61522 at http://www.motherjones.com