Two parallel bills — one sponsored by state Sen.
A ban on infrastructure within 3 miles of the coast would serve as a barrier to drilling. Even if the Trump administration issues permits to drill, without a convenient way to get the oil to onshore refineries, those permits won’t do much good.
Creative oil companies might look for other options. Perhaps they could load crude onto ships and bring it to friendlier waters, but that’s a bothersome, potentially expensive solution that lawmakers hope will convince drillers to look elsewhere.
There’s pressure for lawmakers to act now. The administration has already announced it will issue new offshore drilling permits, six of them off of
The only thing holding them up seems to be the upcoming midterm elections during which every seat in the
That leaves a window of time for legislation to take effect, and the risks are too great not to take advantage of it.
The Trump administration prioritizes natural resource extraction, the effects on communities and the environment be damned. Look no further than a recent
Even under oilman President
Meanwhile, burning all that oil would emit even more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere at a time when the world is trying to dial back and maybe prevent the worst effects of climate change. The alternative is more hot, dry summers on the
And if that’s not enough reason to enact an oil infrastructure ban in
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