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With Trump on horizon, Obama rushes to block drilling in parts of Atlantic, Arctic

President Barack Obama used his executive authority to block the sale of new offshore drilling rights in much of the U.S. Arctic and parts of the Atlantic, a move that could restrict oil production indefinitely in those areas. Until now the statute in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act has been used very rarely to preserve marine sanctuaries, coral reefs and walrus feeding grounds permanently. While Obama’s action is likely to be challenged, the lack of legal precedent may ground it in years of litigation under the Trump administration as the statute does not include a provision to reverse it.

Protect Our Winters takes aim at the mid-term elections

Protect Our Winters is a national group that aims to mobilize the outdoor industry for action on climate change. In 2018, it is focusing on electing climate-friendly candidates, particularly in California, Colorado, Montana and Nevada.
Maureen Chowdhury