Ignoring Protest and Warnings, Obama Ushers in Era of Unprecedented Arctic Drilling
President Barack Obama, who once elevated the hopes of many US environmentalists by promising to be a 'transformative' president -- one whose term, as he said, would mark "the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal" -- may yet be the president remembered for passing on a potentially historic opportunity to end, or at least curb, the practice of dangerous offshore drilling.
Obama's Record on Climate Change Scrutinized by Activists
President Barack Obama at the United Nations climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009. (Getty images) "I think I missed the part where they discussed the Arctic melting," the environmentalist and author Bill McKibben recently quipped .