The last barrel ///

What do environmental extremists in Seattle, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the Obama administration in the U.S., have in common? They are all wedded to iron-clad ideologies, to which they appear willing to adhere at any cost, no matter how disruptive. Irresponsible in Seattle. We put a photo of the Polar Pioneer semisubmersible, sitting in Seattle’s harbor, on the front cover of this issue, to show support for Shell on the re-starting of its Arctic drilling campaign, offshore Alaska. But it also illustrates the sheer lunacy of extremist environmentalists and their anti-oil-and-gas ideology. In Seattle, they turned out in droves on May 14, when the Polar Pioneer docked at port Terminal 5. Environmental protestors in kayaks and other vessels tried to impede the rig’s progress toward the dock, but the big semi persevered.

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