LWVUS is delighted to report that President Obama permanently protect ed the Arctic and Atlantic Coasts from offshore drilling on December 20, 2016, reported Jessica Jones, Grassroots Advocacy Manager of the League of Women Voters of the United States.
President Obama took this unique opportunity to safeguard our climate, our children’s health and our coasts by permanently protecting the outer continental shelf of the U.S. Arctic and Atlantic oceans from future oil and gas leasing.
Preserving and protecting the Arctic and Atlantic is an important step in fulfilling America’s commitment to stopping climate change. Keeping the oil industry from expanding offshore drilling will continue to move America towards a clean energy economy and away from the fossil fuel business.
Our nation has made commitments to stop climate change, preserve our waters and establish a clean energy economy. At a time when those commitments are being attacked, President Obama made one more step in the right direction by taking executive action.
The choice is clear: We must continue to put the health of our people before the needs of big polluters.
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