Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has spoken out against oil drilling in the Arctic.
Her comment on social media came just a day after the Obama Administration gave Shell the final go-ahead to drill off Alaska in the in the Chukchi Sea.
She said the Arctic is a “unique treasure” and drilling there is “not worth the risk”.
Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA welcomed Ms Clinton’s stance, adding: “I couldn’t agree more – it is insane. We cannot reconcile the path our climate is on with plans to drill in the Arctic Ocean. They are incompatible and it is up to President Obama to stop Shell and save our planet.”
Shell plans to drill two wells initially as part of its £4.5 billion programme.