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by Janene Van Jaarsveldt: 18 August 2015

Greenpeace has launched a boycotting action against Shell in response to the oil company receiving the final go-ahead from the American government for drilling in Alaska, AD reports.

On Monday the United States government gave Shell final permission to start test drilling in Alaska, provided that the company has the necessary equipment to be able to immediately close any possible oil spills.

In response Greenpeace is calling on consumers to take action by boycotting Shell for 40 days. The environmental organization is asking that consumers not refuel at Shell stations between August 19th and September 27th.

Faiza Oulahsen, campaign manager for Climate and Energy at Greenpeace Netherlands, told the AD that the melting polar caps are a warning that things are going wrong and not an invitation to make money at the expense of climate change. According to the organization, there is a 75 percent chance of an oil spill from oil drilling in this area. “Cleaning up the mess is virtually impossible due to the harsh conditions. And we do not need the North Pole oil.” she said.


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