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Trump Admin. to Reopen Vast Areas to Offshore Drilling

by Countable | 1.4.18

What’s the story?

The Trump administration announced plans to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all U.S. waters.

“We’re embarking on a new path for energy dominance in America, particularly on offshore,” Ryan Zinke, the interior secretary, said as he unveiled the plan.

He continued:

“This is a clear difference between energy weakness and energy dominance. We are going to become the strongest energy superpower.”

Why does it matter?

In his final days in office, President Barack Obama imposed the drilling ban to protect more than 100 million offshore acres along the Eastern and Arctic Seaboard.

The proposal would reverse that ban. It would also increase drilling sites in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska, and reinstate leasing sites in the Pacific Ocean.

Oil industry leaders applauded the move. Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance, said:

“These are our lands. They’re taxpayer-owned and they should be made available.”

Environmentalists slammed the proposal. Alex Taurel, deputy legislative director at the League of Conservation Voters, said:

“Seaside communities, businesses, and elected officials from both parties have consistently opposed risky offshore drilling because of the grave threat it poses to their way of life, our climate, and local economies that rely on tourism and fishing.”

One of those elected officials, Florida GOP Governor Rick Scott, tweeted out his opposition:

What do you think?

Do you support the proposal? Does it help America embark on a “new path for energy dominance”? Or does it pose a “grave threat”? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Joey
    01/04/2018
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    We should be investing in and giving incentive to green, clean, renewable energy producers and programs. In this day and age there is no reason that we should still be reliant on burning things for energy. We should reform our energy grid to be completely produced by clean means . That is how we will become successfully energy independent. Not by catering to the wealthy and outdated and expiring fossil fuel companies.

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  • Catherine
    01/04/2018
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    I am appalled. The only reasons to undo these protections are for corporate interests and greed. Continuing to invest more heavily into fossil fuels is shortsighted and undermines US competitiveness on a global stage in the growing renewable energy sector. The health of any ecosystem is based on its biodiversity. It affects the health of all in the ecosystem, including people. It is illogical to more heavily invest in fuels that pose notable health problems and pollute, especially when there are options that do not pose these hazards.

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  • Nicole
    01/05/2018
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    Please vote against any measures that allow more oil drilling in formerly protected lands. In order to become energy independent, we need to focus on renewable energy. We will eventually run out of oil. Also, public lands should not be used to make private companies more money. Will the oil profits from the oil removed from federally owned lands be given back to the government?

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  • Jibby
    01/05/2018
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    This is just another way to tear up and destroy our beautiful environment and oceans. The ocean and the ecosystems within it are vital to everyone’s well-being, because without it we will suffer major consequences. We also have to preserve the Earth for our children in the future. Think about doing the right thing and not doing something just to make a quick buck.

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  • Laura
    01/05/2018
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    This is what happens when “businessmen” are allowed to influence government. Also, when a former Exxon executive is in the cabinet. Another conflict of interest is occurring while our representatives turn their heads again. Let’s vote them out in 2018!

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  • Donna
    01/04/2018
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    STOP THIS NOW!! Oil companies don't need anymore friggin money. Destroying OUR coastlines for the benefit of the few is beyond acceptable. I find it interesting that this proclamation shows up RIGHT AFTER this brain trust RESCINDED the regulations regarding off-shore oil rigs. Now, these corrupt oilmen will not only be able to destroy our coasts, they will not have to follow any cumbersome rules to keep their workers safe. THIS ADMINISTRATION IS OUT OF FREAKIN CONTROL. Thank you, Senate, for doing your f***ing job of oversight and actually confirming this asshole. You are all complicit. This is disgusting.

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  • Anne
    01/05/2018
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    I find this rollback seriously disturbing. The administration’s lack of interest in environmental issues is clear. Please do everything you can to fight this. The state of Virginia and our neighboring states have delicate coastlines with ecosystems already being affected by the changing climate. The last thing we need is to throw more disruption into the mix.

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  • Billy
    01/04/2018
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    Ok, let’s say this goes through and then a massive oil spill/leak occurs. Who’s going to pay for it? Trump? Hahaha. But hey, who cares right, I mean it only our children’s future this could heavily impact along with untold negative environmental impacts. I didn’t agree with everything that Obama did, but this was one thing I did agree with Obama on. Trump doesn’t give a shit about the well being of our future. He only looks at the NOW.

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  • Tommy
    01/05/2018
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    We should be seeking new sources of clean energy. This is a step backwards that will cause further environmental damage. This move only serves big oil

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  • Sarah
    01/05/2018
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    I do not support increased off shore drilling. How many oil spills will it take before we learn it needs to decrease rather than increase?

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  • Shane
    01/05/2018
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    NO! ABSOLUTELY NO TO EXPANSION OF OFF SHORE DRILLING!

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  • Micah
    01/05/2018
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    No more drilling. Protect our environment.

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  • Gregory
    01/05/2018
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    Another lame brained idea of the president. Hoe many more Deepwater Horizons and Santa Barbara spills do you want to see. This kind of development is a dirty, filthy operation. The money derived off of tourism, recreation, and commercial fishing offsets the dollars generated by oil and gas development. Development of alternative fuels will also offset the lose of employment. Do not permit this to occur.

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  • S
    01/05/2018
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    I do not support this. They must have oatmeal for brains or memory problems. Dreadful harm can occur and will occur to communities, waters, marine life, jobs of those who work on or in the oceans. Do not continue to decimate this earth! What the hell is wrong with you people? This energy stuff is crap. You want to do it because big business wants it and more money in their greedy, greasy hands. You just gave them a big tax decrease. Gimme gimme gimme! You also want to reverse it because a black president created it. Racial bias to put the earth and its people even more at risk.

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  • Michael
    01/04/2018
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    Fantastic! Energy independence and more jobs. What's not to love?

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  • Blackhawk.U.S.Army.Vet
    01/05/2018
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    Drill Baby Drill...America so beautiful 😍

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  • Taylor
    01/05/2018
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    Well, that sounds like exactly the kind of dumbass, counter-productive thing this farce of an administration would do. 🙄

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  • Norm
    01/05/2018
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    Sounds familiar to massively thinking foolish when wrecking the environment. Naturally there’s gonna be folks who’ll say we need to be on our own. Others might say continuous financial and environmental risk is just okay with them. I say NO to thoughtless destruction today and forever.

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  • Kara
    01/05/2018
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    Do not send us backwards and allow for even more environmental damage then has already been done.

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  • Azrael
    01/05/2018
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    How much more of the earth do you want to destroy? No to offshore drilling

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