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President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to dig into the country’s untapped energy reserves, and this might put a permanent stop to what he wants to do. Trump also promised to increase the use of coal, fracking, and offshore drilling; additionally, he said that climate change is a hoax created by China to render U.S. markets impotent and that he’d cancel our involvement in the Paris Agreement designed to combat climate change.
Environmentalists are hopeful that Obama’s use of a law settled in 1953 can prevent offshore leases in those waters. The law says, “The president of the United States may, from time to time, withdraw from disposition any of the unleased lands of the outer Continental Shelf.”
Naturally, oil companies are against Obama’s action.
“Instead of building on our nation’s position as a global energy leader, today’s unilateral mandate could put America back on a path of energy dependence for decades to come,” said Dan Naatz of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Proponents are cheering the move, though.
“This decision will help protect existing lucrative coastal tourism and fishing businesses from offshore drilling, which promises smaller, short-lived returns and threatens coastal livelihoods,” said Jacqueline Savitz, a senior vice president at Oceana, an environmental advocacy group.
“As President-elect Trump nominates fossil fuel allies to his Cabinet, President Obama has instead put the interests of millions of Americans ahead of those of Big Oil with these permanent protections,” said Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts.
What Do You Think?
Do you think Obama’s unilateral action to stop offshore drilling in the arctic was a good one? Do you oppose it? I’d love to hear your reasons, no matter which side you take on this issue. Please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.
Outgoing president Barack Obama permanently designated most of the U.S.-controlled waters in the Arctic Ocean and some areas in the Atlantic Ocean “off-limits” for future oil and gas leasing in one of his final moves as leader of the free world.
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