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Hillary Clinton breaks with Obama on Arctic oil drilling

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Washington: US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton distanced herself from President Barack Obama’s fresh approval for offshore drilling in the Arctic.

antarctica412015“The Arctic is a unique treasure,” said Clinton on Twitter on Tuesday. “Given what we know, it’s not worth the risk.”

Clinton’s breakaway from the Obama administration came only one day after Obama gave the oil company Shell the green light to drill for oil off Alaska’s coast, and is so far Clinton’s clearest disagreement with the Obama administration’s agenda, Xinhua reported.

After she staked out her opposition to Arctic drilling, Republican presidential candidates immediately issued their accusations, with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush bashing Clinton as “being more-anti energy than Obama is extreme”.

Bush said energy revolution should be embraced to lower prices and create jobs at home.

As the country is embracing itself for another presidential election in the coming year, Arctic drilling is believed to be a contentious issue as more Arctic sales are slated for 2016 and 2017.

Environmentalists have long opposed the Arctic drilling, fearing that any oil spill would cause irrevocable damages to the local eco-system.

(IANS)

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Arctic Blast Spreads Shivers from Maine to Deep South

The wintry weather proved deadly in southwestern Michigan, where a man died Tuesday after getting trapped beneath machinery while clearing snow

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Pedestrians brave frigid sub-zero temperatures. VOA

An arctic blast that caused record-setting cold in the Midwest is now spreading shivers across the eastern U.S.

The wintry weather proved deadly in southwestern Michigan, where a man died Tuesday after getting trapped beneath machinery while clearing snow.

Temperatures dipped to single digits early Wednesday across parts of the Northeast on the heels of an early-season snowstorm. Forecasters projected even lower temperatures for late Wednesday and early Thursday in some locations.

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An arctic blast that caused record-setting cold in the Midwest is now spreading shivers across the eastern U.S. Pixabay

National Weather Service meteorologist Mark Bloomer in Caribou, Maine, said the frigid air mass is creating mid-winter conditions.

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Record low temperatures for the date were recorded Tuesday around New York City; Buffalo, New York; Burlington, Vermont; and parts of Ohio. More daily records were broken Wednesday morning in Burlington, parts of Pennsylvania, and as far south as Alabama and Mississippi. (VOA)

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