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President Trump bans oil drilling off Atlantic coast

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump paid a visit to southern Florida where he announced a ban on oil drilling off the Atlantic coast. The president said his administration has an obligation to environmental protection.

“In a few moments, I will sign a presidential order extending the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida’s Gulf Coast and expanding it to Florida’s Atlantic Coast as well as the coast of Georgia and South Carolina,” Trump said. “My administration is proving every day that we can improve our environment while creating millions of high paying jobs. To my administration, environmental protection is a sacred obligation.”

The president said the issue was personal to him as he now calls Florida his home. He made his Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach his legal residence in 2019 after having lived in New York City his entire life.

Prior to the president’s speech, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the president hopes this action will reinvigorate the Everglades.

“We hope it will enhance regional water storage capacity, and reduce harmful discharges from Lake Okeechobee, helping address the problems of blue-green algae and the red tide.”

Congressman Brian Mast (R) who represents Jupiter, FL was pleased with Trump’s executive order.

“Drilling off the shores of Florida is a non-starter. It’s not worth the risk of endangering our environment, fishing, boating or tourism,” Mast said. “President Trump’s plan to extend the moratorium is the right one, and it proves that our voices are being heard. We must never tolerate drilling near our beautiful coastline.”

Trump said that Democrats will continue to use the environment as an excuse to pursue their socialist agendas.

“Joe Biden’s plan would destroy America’s middle class while giving a free pass to the world’s foreign polluters,” Trump said.

The Democratic presidential nominee and former vice-president responded to Trump’s executive order saying the president’s record on climate is clear.

“Trump has called the climate crisis a ‘hoax.’ He has eliminated rules designed to keep our air and water clean,” Biden said. “And, dangerously, he has opened up additional public lands, both on land and offshore, to the possibility of new oil and gas drilling, a deeply unpopular threat to Florida’s natural environment and tourism-based economy.”

Congresswoman Lois Frankel (D) who represents Palm Beach County wasn’t impressed with what she called the president’s election year stunt.

“The Trump administration will be remembered as the most anti-climate, anti-science, anti-environmental executive branch in United States history,” Frankel said.


PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

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