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  • PiedPiper (1134 posts)
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    Obama bans offshore oil/gas drilling

    Outgoing US President Barack Obama has permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in the “vast majority” of US-owned northern waters.
    Mr Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as “indefinitely off limits” to future leasing.
    The move is widely seen as an attempt to protect the region before Mr Obama leaves office in January.
    Supporters of president-elect Donald Trump could find it difficult to reverse the decision.
    Canada also committed to a similar measure in its own Arctic waters, in a joint announcement with Washington.
    The White House said the decision was for “a strong, sustainable and viable Arctic economy and ecosystem.” It cited native cultural needs, wildlife concerns, and the “vulnerability” of the region to oil spills as some of the reasons for the ban.
    But while Canada will review the move every five years, the White House insists Mr Obama’s declaration is permanent.

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    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38387525?ocid=global_bbccom_email_21122016_top+news+stories

    AWESOME! Of course it will likely go to court……no doubt a very rightwing Supreme Court.  So curious why NO one posted

    this story here?????

     

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  • FanBoy (7113 posts)
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    1. wonder why so many scare quotes in that piece?

    Mr Obama designated areas in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans as “indefinitely off limits” to future leasing.

    Obama bans oil drilling ‘permanently’ in millions of acres of ocean

    and gas drilling in the “vast majority” of US-owned northern waters.

     

    I suggest further research before getting too excited.  Our first black president has an oil-related family history