TRUMP BLOCK: Obama “Permanently” Bans Offshore Drilling Along Most Of Arctic And Atlantic Seaboard

The New York Times reports:

President Obama announced on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide areas of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he tried to nail down an environmental legacy that cannot quickly be reversed by Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Obama invoked an obscure provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which he said gives him the authority to act unilaterally. While some presidents have used that law to temporarily protect smaller portions of federal waters, Mr. Obama’s declaration of a permanent drilling ban from Virginia to Maine on the Atlantic and along much of Alaska’s coast is breaking new ground. The declaration’s fate will almost certainly be decided by the federal courts.

“It’s never been done before,” said Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at the University of Vermont. “There is no case law on this. It’s uncharted waters.”

The move — considered creative by supporters and abusive by opponents — is one of many efforts by Mr. Obama to protect the environmental policies he can from a successor who has vowed to roll them back. The president, in concert with United Nations leaders, rushed countries to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, putting the multinational accord into force in record time, before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.

  • bkmn

    I expect Hair Furor will ignore Obama’s order.

    • Jon

      President Putin certainly will, and Sec Exxon will support him.

      • TimCA

        I’m waiting for Rosneft-Exxon oil platforms to ring the coasts of the entire country quite soon after inauguration.

  • JT

    I’d prefer a permanent ban on Drumpf.

    • Todd20036

      I’d settle for a permanent ban on Uday and Qusay

  • nice fuck you. lovely.

    • Steverino

      Now, if he could do something about that vacant Supreme Court position…

      • Tiger Quinn

        He could. I don’t know why he is not.

        • Lantor

          Unfortunately, Dems tend to play by the rules better than the other party. A few days ago, Sam Seder outlined a wonderful parliamentarian rules following/decorum breaking that would seat any would-be justice, not just Garland.

          • (((GC)))

            A recess appointment?

            President Obama totally should nominate an outright progressive to the Supreme Court bench!

            In this video, Sam Seder says that if a challenge to that went to the Supreme Court, it would go 4-4 and not be struck down.

        • The Return of Traxley


          He still has time.

          I expect more Fuck You surprises before January 20.

          Key word being “surprises.”

          • KnownDonorDad

            Oh please, please, please (fingers crossed)

  • Paula

    I hope it works. You know these laws don’t apply to Trump, right?

  • boobert

    And the critics will go nuts ! But it’s okay that the NC governor does much worse, lol

  • another_steve

    Obama’s Executive Orders will be reversed on Day One of the monster’s presidency. That’s easy.

    Federal regulations can be eliminated, but it’s hard. The procedure for that is long and tenuous, but it’s possible.

    This thing, I have no idea.

    • JWC

      now lets see what Trudeau wil dol

    • BobSF_94117

      I suspect the 1953 law gives the president the authority to CREATE restrictions but not rescind them. No doubt, Trump will just add reversing this to his enormous list of Jan 20th revocations.

      • another_steve

        I agree that that’s what Trump will do, Bob. Just declare it null and void. He’s into litigation and won’t feel threatened by that possibility.

        His transition staff is as we speak drawing up the paperwork for the revocations. All of Obama’s LGBT-related Executive Orders, out the window on inauguration day. As well as all his other EOs.

        Trump won’t even read the paperwork. He’ll sign where staff place the orange “sign here” sticky.

        I worked in government.

        I think I understand how this stuff works.

        • April

          Reason enough for me to renew and update the gender marker on my Passport. Just in case.

  • Jay George

    Can Obama do that thing that McCrory did that screws over the incoming president select?

    • Joe in PA

      That was my first thought as well!

    • JWC

      nope the gold trump sign goes up at 1600Pennsylvania on the 20th

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      He could in theory, but he would need cooperative democratic majorities in the House and Senate, which unfortunately are both controlled by Republicans right now.

      • Jay George

        I have my doubts the democrats will ever be in power again. 🙁

        • GayOldLady

          I think our challenge is going to be preserving our democracy regardless of who is in the Congress. tRump has a peculiar way of taking a bad situation and making it worse with nothing more than tweets and rallies. He’s dangerous to our Republic and it will take a lot more than Dems in Congress to stop him.

          • TimCA

            I’m afraid you’re right. Trump represents a very real existential threat to democratic norms and potentially democracy itself in this country.

        • JWC

          They will you will just be a bit older

        • Chucktech

          And two months ago we were saying the same thing about the Republicans.

          Assuming Trump doesn’t completely crash the United States and the deplorables crawl back into the scum of the pond from whence they came because Trump fucked them, yes, the Democrats will again be in power some day.

  • Steverino

    Expect a flurry of tweets from the tangerine twat.

  • Joe in PA
  • DesertSun59

    We already know the next admin is working on a way to nix this protection even as we speak.

  • Xiao Ai

    That’s the President that I needed. Not the one we’ve been stuck with for the past eight, and the one that has been imposed on us now.

  • BobSF_94117

    Meh. Giving “proof” to the claims he’s been an outlaw president. Legitimizing what’s going on in the NC legislature.

    If it was worth doing, it was worth doing years ago. If we’re in desperate times, calling for desperate measures, then why not act like it for the last six weeks?

  • rednekokie

    I’m certain this will be one which the Strumfphenfuhrer will try to overturn almost immediately — but, since it is already case law, he may have a problem — unless, of course, he simply ignores it — which, also is possible with this jerk.

    • Chucktech

      I clearly don’t understand what mechanism makes this work, but since Trump will also be a president, why can’t he undo this?

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    It’s not like the trumpsters have any respect for law or the Constitution so why would this stop them? They’re just going to do whatever they want anyways.

    • TimCA

      The rule of law is what’s been pulling this country down for the last 8 years.


  • AtticusP
    • KQCA

      Yea, he’s had to make a few decisions that disappointed me but still I’d give anything to give that man and his wife a big hug.

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    • Guest

      I am not fond of this. It makes it look like Obama is supporting that Trump thing.

  • m_lp_ql_m

    Trump doesn’t care. It’s the Siberian oil he’s after.

  • Matt

    That oughta send Trump Chumps into (another) tizzy. It’s good for the little snowflakes. Their persecution complex isn’t ratcheted up high enough yet.

  • TimCA

    I’m waiting for the incoming administration to start leasing federal offshore oil fields here in California. Congress stopped renewing the moratorium almost 10 years ago. After all, what does Trump have to lose by pissing off California voters?

  • ikahana

    Good start. Keep going.

  • PickyPecker

    He needs to use his Executive powers to install Garland on the SCOTUS bench. Pronto!

  • EdmondWherever

    “It’s uncharted waters.”

    Ba-dump bump.

  • Blake J Butler

    Breaks like these to take away from the chaos are going to be my “godsend” for the next 4 years.

  • ByronK

    Drilling? Did Melanoma’s ears just perk up?

    • doninkansas

      She became very very wet too. Yuuuge amounts of moisture dripping down her thighs. Everyone is saying so, beautiful wonderful and lustful people are saying so. Many of them have even seen it and grabbed her there. So I’ve been told.

      • ByronK

        ewww. lol

    • Piercedchrlz

      Yeah, like those of an abused pet.
      Ran to hide.

  • Joseph Miceli

    Good. He’s following the lead of the North Carolina legislature and trying to neuter his political rival before he has to leave office. Good job. Now, if only he’d have adopted the other side’s tactics SEVEN FUCKING YEARS AGO instead of his “Kumbaya” bullshit, we might not have a president Trump. Hell, we might not be looking at the death of democracy in the United States.
    I will always remember Obama for what could have been. I love him, he did well, but in the end it just wasn’t enough.

    • Bj Lincoln

      You make a good point. He also has been in a bad position of being …….well….(in a whisper), black. He really had to watch every breath most of the time while being barraged with the worst humanity could throw at him and his entire family in all media. There have been times I wish he would have had more balls but he has been diplomatic. This is awesome news and hope it sticks. I hope the people who do the real work of our government makes sure things that would hurt the nation gets tangled in red tape.

      • Joseph Miceli

        We may actually be saved by the bureaucracy. Unfortunately, the incoming president and his cronies are looking to neuter the bureaucracy specifically. Interesting times are ahead.

    • Chucktech

      Also remember that Obama had quite a lot on his plate when he came into office.

      • Bill_Perdue

        Absolutely, he was busy betraying the public option and ignoring ENDA.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Yes, he did and he is a phenomenal president. Any criticism of the president does not equal disloyalty or a complete shellacking. I am saying that … in the end… he wasn’t the right man for the times. Republicans have been playing the long game while we’ve been putting out fires and “reaching across the aisle.” In the end, that was a losing strategy.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Bill Perdue is so cute! He thinks people read his replies!

      • J Ascher

        Exactly! No other president had ever inherited two active wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) and a collapsing economy upon taking office.

        • Bill_Perdue

          He inherited two wars and now the number stands at eight.

          The economy collapsed because of Bill Clinton championed and signed NAFTA, the racist bill to gut welfare and the deregulation bills of 1999 and 2000.

    • justme

      and where were Democrats.. Seems to me 2010 lost the house because WE STAYED HOME…2014 lost the Senate because WE STAYED HOME!!!

      Expecting one person ton continually carry the weight of the whole party is crazy. Yet Dems continue to not show up when needed the most..2016 was no exception.. Could have regained the senate at least and then you could have a real say…

      • Joseph Miceli

        Apples and oranges. Yes, your point is valid, but remember that they DID turn out to elect Obama and Obama failed to marginalize and neuter the Republicans the way an “FDR” type would have. You are making excuses for his failure to lead when he was the leader of the party. Not buying it.

        • justme

          FDR ended up following GOPT plans just like Obama… It’s why it took 9 years to recover then just ;like this time..
          Not my concern about what you buy..IF Dems had truly wanted and GOP actulally did something besides the sabotage they did after losing the congress and senate then things might have turned out more along the lines everybody seems to assume would happen

          • Joseph Miceli

            Not your concern….yet you engaged ME. You also engaged me with a red herring. I stand by my central point that Obama was lacking in the leadership qualities needed to advance the Progressive movement. You can disagree or not. Have a nice day.

  • Clive Johnson

    Great news.

    Now, if he could only protect national parks and forests from being sold off to developers, oil and gas tycoons, and logging and mining companies.

  • Bill_Perdue

    Too little, too late, too hypocritical. And certainly not enough to salvage his reputation.

    “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce more oil at home than we have in 15 years. We have doubled the distance our cars will go on a gallon of gas, and the amount of renewable energy we generate from sources like wind and solar – with tens of thousands of good, American jobs to show for it. We produce more natural gas than ever before – and nearly everyone’s energy bill is lower because of it.” Obama State of the Union 2013

    In a new study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that homes located in suburban and rural areas near fracking sites have an overall radon concentration 39 percent higher than those located in non-fracking urban areas.” From the journal Environmental Health Perspectives via AlterNet.

    ” Not Just the Atlantic: Obama Leasing Millions of Gulf Acres for Offshore Drilling – Deploying the age-old “Friday news dump,” President Barack Obama’s Interior Department gave the green light on Friday, July 18 to companies to deploy seismic air guns to examine the scope of Atlantic Coast offshore oil-and-gas reserves. It is the first time in over 30 years that the oil and gas industry is permitted to do geophysical data collection along the Atlantic coast. Though decried by environmentalists, another offshore oil and gas announcement made the same week has flown under the radar: over 21 million acres of Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas reserves will be up for lease on August 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome.”

  • Gerry Fisher

    It’s good to see signs that he’s doing what he can to protect as best he can before Trump arrives. (Please declassify the CIA findings after they give you their briefing.)

  • thatotherjean

    Much luck to him. You know Republicans will comb through every provision of any law pertaining to offshore drilling looking for an out, then stack the Supreme Court with right-wing nut-jobs before their case against Obama’s ban reaches them.

  • EweTaw

    Go Obama!!!! I hope while he’s exercising unilateral power that he creates the Bears Ears National Monument in Southern Utah/Northern Arizona. one of the last great expanses of stunning red rock wilderness left in the United States. The tribal leaders of six different native peoples in the area all want it to happen. The white owners/shareholders of gas/oil/mineral corporations all are against it. Time for another native peoples uprising if it doesn’t happen.

    • TrollopeReader

      you be very careful with BillBear’s ears, please!

  • Brian in Valdosta

    How exactly would any kind of criticism sound, anyway? “Whaaaa! How dare you block us from ruining the coastline of the eastern seaboard!”

    Sheesh. We are stuck in a country with a bunch of idiots. I’m getting so tired of combating the rampant lunacy and idiotic irresponsibility of republikkklans.

  • Do what you can, Obama. We have to minimize the damage that Trump does somehow…

    • Bill_Perdue

      Trump = Obama.

  • JWC

    a joke going around which you may have already heard Obama Hillary and Trump all arive in front of God God states that each must justify their admittance in Asking Obama his belief Obama states helping mankind being honest and Blah blah God awards Obama a chair on his left Clinton’s beliefs are similar and different and God awards Clinton a chair on his right God then says “Donald what is you belief” Donald replies “I believe you are sitting in my chair”

  • zhera

    While this is wonderful news, how about doing something good about DAPL? If the companies can choose to just pay the fine and go on with construction, what’s the point of ‘stopping’ them?
    Make it permanent. Protect water. Water is life. And FFS, stop the violent treatment of the protestors!

  • KnownDonorDad

    Now sue Mitch McConnell for obstructionism.

  • dustin fibers

    PRESIDENT Obama…assholes.

  • Halou

    And while he’s at it maybe Obama can find a way to hammer a final nail into the coffin of Rex Tillerson’s $500 billion sellout to the Russian government.

  • JCF

    Prez O, can you do the same for us?

    Love, California (we’re BLUE in more than one way, and would like Our Pacific Coastline to STAY that way!)