Should the Obama administration green light drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's coast?
Shell Oil is inching closer to completing a lengthy regulatory process with both state and federal agencies to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska's north coast. The company could begin drilling as soon as next summer.
What factors should the administration consider when deciding whether to give Shell final approval to search for oil in the Arctic? What lessons have the United States learned from the BP oil spill that could inform its decision on Arctic drilling? What, if anything, should Congress do to influence the process?