President Trump signed a new executive order this Friday that reversed a bunch of Obama’s protections on arctic shores, and opened them up for drilling.
“Today, we’re unleashing American energy and clearing the way for thousands and thousands of high-paying energy jobs,” Trump said at a White House ceremony, where he was joined by Republican lawmakers who had pushed for the reversal.
He added that the new push would add new revenue and jobs for Americans.
Unfortunately, the executive order will end up being challenged by progressives and liberals in court, but should hold up, according to republicans.
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‘It’s going to lead to a lot of great wealth for our country and a lot of great jobs for our country,’ he said.
The move is likely to provoke a swift legal challenge and opposition from environmental groups and other opponents of new coastal oil leases.
‘California will fight this every step of the way,’ Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said late Thursday, the LA Times reported. ‘We do not want oil drilling off our coast. Period,’ she said.
Added Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council: ‘We’ll fight this move to sell out our children’s future for big oil and gas.
Trump hailed the pro-energy development lawmakers who joined him, and took another shot at the media.
‘I’m very proud of the people standing behind me. I’m far less proud of the people standing in front of me, the media,’ he said.
The order also reverses a drilling ban in the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas.
The move is just the latest effort by Trump to try to tear up Obama’s environmental legacy.