In a move praised by radical environmentalists like the Environmental Defense Fund, President Obama attempted to hamstring energy development in federal waters off the Atlantic Coast and Arctic Ocean with a permanent drilling ban on Tuesday.
White House officials have explained the President’s authority regarding drilling as legal under a section of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, a 1953 law to ban the controversial drilling. “The law includes a provision that allows a president to put certain waters off-limits to oil and gas production,” according to the Washington Times.
According to a senior administration official, the White House is “quite confident” the decision can not be undone by President-elect Trump, noting that the law specifies no provision for reversal. The official suggested overturning the ban could require years of legal action and the passage of a bill in Congress. Petroleum lobbyists disagree, however, claiming there is no such thing as a permanent ban, according to the American Petroleum Institute’s Erik Milito.
Not surprisingly, the Environmental Defense Fund’s President Fred Krupp tweeted out his support for President Obama’s announcement. Krupp’s EDF has pushed for radical environmental policies like cap-and-trade legislation in the past. Here are a few of the companies 2ndVote has found that help fund the EDF:
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