25 May '12, 2pm

The $4 Billion Lobbying Blitz That Bought Shell the Arctic

Do you happen to head up a massive multinational oil concern? Curious just how much it'd cost you to snag the long-desired right to drill in the Arctic? Well, have I got a number for you: $4 billion. That's about how much you'll have to fork over to wage a successful all-out lobbying campaign on multiple fronts. Thankfully, if you're a respectable Big Oil outfit, $4 billion is probably what you dig up between the couch cushions when you're doing laundry. So let's say that you're, oh, some giant oil conglomerate called 'Shell.' Here's all you'll have to do to get drilling access to one of the most sensitive, pristine, and traditionally protected areas in the US: First , in D.C., where you've got to convince a surprisingly eager moderate Democratic president that there's a bounty of oil up there, and that it can be extracted "safely." Your crack team of three dozen lobbyists...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/environmental-policy/4-billion-...

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