Trump’s New Offshore Drilling Plan Is Great For Big Oil, and Terrible for Everyone Else

The Trump administration has come up with yet another plan to line the pockets of his Big Oil and Big Gas buddies. A proposal released on Jan. 4 would allow offshore drilling for oil and gas in most U.S. continental shelf waters.

This is the largest area of U.S. offshore oil and natural gas reserves ever offered to global energy companies.

The plan, introduced by Interior Secretary Zinke, would radically expand offshore drilling in new areas of the Atlantic, Arctic, Gulf of Mexico and Pacific waters. Specifically, Zinke stated that under the 5-year plan, a whopping 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves would be open to leasing between 2019 and 2024.

Twelve leases in the Gulf of Mexico could be up for grabs, along with 19 in coastal Alaska. The proposal also includes three planning areas off the coast of California, where no federal leases have been permitted since 1984.

In other words, the Trump administration’s proposal brings potential destruction to vast areas of America’s coastal waters, marine life, coastal economies and public health.

President Obama had protected most of the Arctic Ocean and a chain of deep sea canyons in the Atlantic Ocean from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling. 

So naturally, Trump has to eradicate his predecessor’s legacy. In a blatant disregard for the truth and the health of American citizens, two weeks ago the Interior Department suspended an ongoing study by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine on the safety of offshore oil and gas drilling platforms.

While the rest of the world moves toward clean energy, Trump seeks to increase the output of dirty fossil fuels. 

Has he completely forgotten the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, when an offshore drilling platform operated by BP exploded, killing 11 rig workers and creating a nearly four-month long oil spill that continues to kill marine life in the Gulf Coast eight years later?

It was precisely after this tragedy that the Obama administration put in place a number of offshore leasing moratoriums in the Gulf and several bans along other coastlines.

Now we have Zinke pronouncing proudly, “This is the largest number of lease sales ever proposed for a national outer-continental shelf program.” Yes, and there are many good reasons why such lease sales have been banned.

As the country walks away from clean energy investments, CNN Money reports that “America could be crowned the oil world’s new king in 2018.” That’s because, as research firm Rystad Energy reports, the U.S. is already set to increase crude oil production by 10 percent in 2018, producing about 11 million barrels a day. All thanks to fracking and the Trump administration’s loosening of regulations, another huge issue.

Thankfully, Trump’s proposal faces opposition from both Republicans and Democrats including numerous governors, a dozen attorneys general, more than 100 U.S. lawmakers and the Department of Defense. Not to mention, the majority of the American public.

Republican Governor Larry Hogan of Maryland has stated, “I’m not in favor of offshore drilling.” Governor Henry McMaster of South Carolina, also a Republican, is against the proposal because of its potential for damaging the state’s natural resources, while New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has written that his state “strongly opposes any waters off our coastline being considered for inclusion in this leasing program.”

And Republican Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, has requested a meeting with Zinke, stating that he strongly opposes offshore drilling. 

On the Democratic side, the governors of both North Carolina and Delaware have also expressed strong opposition.

In addition, the proposal faces opposition from a powerful coalition of 64 groups, including such diverse parties as Alaska Wilderness League, League of Women Voters and Hip Hop Caucus, who issued a statement condemning the expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling. 

Amongst their declarations:

“These ocean waters are not President Trump’s personal playground. They belong to all Americans and the public wants them preserved and protected, not sold off to multinational oil companies.”

“The Trump administration should heed the public call to preserve our ocean waters and turn back from this reckless, unnecessary expansion of offshore drilling that puts America and marine life last and the bottom lines of private oil companies first.”

Take Action!

Trump’s goal is to rule over an energy dominance agenda for the U.S. and he sees oil and gas exploration as part of this.

We must resist his shameful attempts to destroy the environment in order to advance his ego and the financial interests of his chronies.

If you agree, please sign the Care2 petition demanding that the Trump administration abandon this terrible plan to expand offshore drilling in coastal U.S. waters immediately.


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Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for posting

Christine S
Christine Stewartabout a year ago

Trump only cares about the environment when he can make money off it!

Elaine W
Elaine Wabout a year ago

Everything the man touches gets worse except to make a quick buck.

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Danuta W
Danuta Wabout a year ago

Thank you for posting.

Ann B
Ann B1 years ago

this could cost him the next election if there is a planet left???

Jaime J
Jaime J1 years ago

Thank you!!

Joan E
Joan E1 years ago

Count on Trump to do everything that will make him rich but hurt the nation.