Trump Gives Billions of Acres in Coastal Waters to Big Oil For Drilling

Another Vindictive Swipe at Obama's Legacy at the Expense of America


The New York Times: “The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.”

“The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy.”

“While the plan puts the administration squarely on the side of the energy industry and against environmental groups, it also puts the White House at odds with a number of coastal states that oppose offshore drilling.”

“Oil industry leaders cheered the reversal, calling it long overdue.”

“The governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Oregon and Washington have all opposed offshore drilling plans.”

UPDATE: Trump Drops Florida From Offshore Drilling Plan, and Other States Ask: What About Us? (Source:

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