Barack Obama Permanently Protects The Environment From Trump With This Act

Written by Ana Krneta
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Trump has made it clear that his energy policies will focus on fossil fuels. The man he wants to appoint as Secretary of State is Exxon Mobil CEO, Rex W. Tillerson. A company that has very vested interestes in drilling in the Arctic for oil. Well, Obama has invoked a provision from a law created in 1953 that has sent a very direct message to the future Trump Administration.

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The law gives the sitting president the authority to pull out any currently unleased lands in the Outer Continental Shelf from future lease sales. The law does not have a provision that would allow the next president to revoke it. Basically, he has made the Arctic a no drilling zone because Trump will not be able to sell it. Considering Trump has promised to give federal land up to oil and natural gas companies, this will mitigate that.

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This does not just protect drilling offshore in the Arctic, but also waters around America. Canada has joined forces with the US and recently put a five-year ban on any oil and gas drilling licensing in the Canadian Arctic. It will be reviewed every 5 years. Obama’s statement on the matter summed it up perfectly. The POTUS said: ‘These actions, and Canada’s parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth.’ We have to imagine President-elect Trump is very irritated by this wrench that was thrown in his plans.

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This does not just protect drilling offshore in the Arctic, but also waters around America. Canada has joined forces with the US and recently put a five-year ban on any oil and gas drilling licensing in the Canadian Arctic. It will be reviewed every 5 years. Obama’s statement on the matter summed it up perfectly. The POTUS said: ‘These actions, and Canada’s parallel actions, protect a sensitive and unique ecosystem that is unlike any other region on earth.’ We have to imagine President-elect Trump is very irritated by this wrench that was thrown in his plans.

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