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Trump to open US waters for offshore oil drilling; a disaster for environment
In a decision that might turn out to be a nightmare, the President of the United States Donald Trump has ordered that drilling be allowed in nearly all offshore waters of the United States.

While this would obviously turn out to be a blessing for energy companies especially those who are in the oil and gas sector, it could spell disaster for the environment.

The ban on offshore drilling which had been imposed by the previous President Barack Obama was hailed by environmental and climate change activists.

However, Trump administration's latest order lifting the ban is most likely to face stiff opposition not only from the environmentalists but also from within the government as many states, especially that are heavily dependent on tourism, might oppose this ban keeping the interests of their respective states above the need to meet the rising demand for energy.

The plan is also likely to face resistance from lobbyists of tourism industry, fishing industry, and coastal industries as opening offshore waters to oil and gas drilling means a devastating impact on all these industries.

As per reports, over the next five years, more than 90 per cent of the offshore reserves of the United States would be accessible to the energy companies for drilling. The impact of this decision even extends to the Pacific region.

Before he had left office, US President Barack Obama had ordered limiting the drilling, protecting more than 100 million acres of offshore waters in the Arctic and Atlantic regions. This order was specifically hailed by environment activists but the current order would reverse all that.

The opposition towards the stem order has already begun with California Governor Jerry Brown joining the governors of Oregon and Washington and issuing a statement saying, "For more than 30 years, our shared coastline has been protected from further drilling, and we'll do whatever it takes to stop this reckless, shortsighted action."

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