A Big Break for Polar Bears, the Arctic
- The decision confirms what so many of us have known all along: we have no business approving offshore drilling in the Arctic -- a high-risk environment where an oil spill would be impossible to clean up and put wildlife directly in harm's way. The lease sale, approved by the Bush administration in 2008
, offered nearly 30 million acres in the Chukchi Sea for oil drilling -- an area larger than Pennsylvania. Alaska native groups and conservationists challenged the sale in court which led to this week's decision.