Yesterday the Trump administration announced plans to sell oil drilling leases off California's coast (and along the entire Pacific Region, including Alaska) something that has not been done since the 80's - what compounds the harm is that the feds are also moving to slash environmental rules and are taking away tools that agencies use to protect the environment - because they make Trump's plans harder.
This mornings Washington Post article states, "The Interior Department’s number-two official issued a secretarial order just before Christmas rescinding several climate change and conservation policies issued under the Obama administration, saying they were “inconsistent” with President Trump’s quest for energy independence." and...
"Alex Daue, assistant director of energy and climate at the Wilderness Society, said in an interview that Interior officials will still face the same legal obligations to reduce negative environmental impacts on public land, but “they no longer have the tools to do so efficiently and effectively.”
Officials spent years compiling a list of “best practices” in this area, Daue said, and the Trump administration “just ripped them up.”
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