The Trump administration dramatically increased American energy corporations’ access to offshore drilling across the US on Thursday, announcing the decision to open nearly all coastal waterways throughout the nation to oil and gas exploration, reports Fox News.
The US Department of the Interior unveiled nearly 50 possible locations for companies to apply for drilling permits from locations as diverse as the California coast all the way to the Florida panhandle; sites previously unavailable for development for nearly 30 years.
“Responsibly developing our energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a safe and well-regulated way is important to our economy and energy security, and it provides billions of dollars to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands and parks,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement.
“This is a draft program,” Zinke added. “Nothing is final yet, and our department is continuing to engage the American people to get to our final product.”
President Trump routinely vowed on the campaign trail to open vast territories across the US to increased energy opportunities, particularly the continental shelf and shale reserves across Appalachia.
EMPTY PROMISES: Trump Rips McCain's 'Complete Turn' in New Video
McCain announced his opposition to the Graham-Cassidy healthcare plan last week, joining Sen. Rand Paul and effectively killing the bill before it comes to a full vote on the Senate floor.
Earlier this year, McCain cast the crucial ‘no’ vote that sunk Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, setting the stage for the current congressional showdown.
The Senate has until September 30th to pass the GOP legislation with a simple 50 vote majority.
REPORT: Al Gore's Mansion Uses 21x More Energy Than the Average US Home
Climate-change crusader Al Gore’s private mansion outside Nashville, Tennessee uses approximately 21x more energy than the average household in the United States; sparking fresh criticism for the former Vice President as he releases his new movie focusing on global warming.
The new report, released by the National Center for Public Policy Research, analyzed information provided by the utility company that supplies electricity to the former Vice President’s estate. According to Fox News, the data shows Gore’s 10,000 square foot mansion used over 230,000 kilowatt hours over a twelve-month period.
The United States Energy Information Administration estimates the average American household consumes only 11,000 kilowatt hours per year.
“It makes you wonder if he believes what he’s actually saying,” said the author of the report. “Here’s a guy who’s basically exploited concerns about the environment to make $300 million dollars and win the Nobel Prize. It makes you wonder what his real agenda is.”
“This is a guy who won’t take the steps in his own life to reduce his own energy consumption,” he added.
Gore is currently promoting his new climate change film, “An Inconvenient Sequal: Truth to Power,” a follow-up to the award-winning documentary “An Incovenient Truth.”