Don´t sacrifice the Arctic

The gas crisis threatens the Arctic environment. That is the main message in Aftonbladet´s editorial  today, written by me.951422_alaskan_pipeline_1

We argue that the disruption of Russian gas supply through Ukraine will further increase the political pressure to exploit oil and gas in the sensitive environment around the North Pole.

In November, the European Commission put forward a first strategy paper on the Arctic, where the percieved advantages of exploiting energy resources were described. However, drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic can cause irreversible damage.

The environmental protection of the Arctic is much to weak. In the editorial, we urge the Swedish government to put forward concrete proposals well in time for the EU Presidency this autumn.

UPDATE: Our editorial is quoted in Eurotopic´s press survey today.

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