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‘Both sides are unhappy’: Obama’s Arctic drilling green light heightens tensions

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Oliver Milman in Washington: Friday 21 August 2015

A senior official at the State Department has admitted there is an “obvious tension” between the US’s commitment to combat climate change and its approval of Shell’s oil drilling in the Arctic.

Shell was given the final green light by the Obama administration to drill off the coast of Alaska on Monday.

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