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Obama Uses Executive Power to Ban Offshore Drilling Day After Warning Trump Not to Use Executive Orders

APPresident Obama, using executive power, indefinitely banned offshore oil and gas drilling in wide areas of the Atlantic and Arctic waters just one day after he advised President-elect Donald Trump to not use executive orders while in office.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Obama would use a little-known provision in the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953 to ban offshore drilling on large swaths of the ocean floor from Maine to Virginia and along much of Alaska’s coast. The action is not an executive order but rather Obama invoking an obscure provision of existing federal law that is rarely used, which says the president “may, from time to time, withdraw” federal waters that are not already leased from oil and gas development… [read more]

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