In most cases, I am not opposed to this:
“WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.
The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy. It would also signal that the Trump administration is not done unraveling environmental restrictions in an effort to promote energy production.
While the plan puts the administration squarely on the side of the energy industry and against environmental groups, it also puts the White House at odds with a number of coastal states that oppose offshore drilling …”
Oil industry leaders cheered the reversal, calling it long overdue.
“I think the default should be that all of our offshore areas should be available,” said Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance. “These are our lands. They’re taxpayer-owned and they should be made available.”
The big exception is Florida.
I agree with Rick Scott. I don’t like seeing the offshore oil rigs off Dauphin Island in Alabama and wouldn’t want to see them in Florida. I couldn’t care less though if there was offshore drilling off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, California and especially the Arctic.
Note: This expansion of offshore drilling is another example of how business gets what it wants under Republican administrations – deregulation, tax breaks – while populist promises are shelved. This is unlikely to have any big immediate impact due to low oil prices anyway.