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Trump says the Atlantic, Arctic could soon be open to oil drilling


The White House is making a bid to overturn the Obama administration’s five-year plan forbidding oil and gas exploration in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and will examine opportunities to drill almost anywhere off the U.S. coast.

Interior Department officials said Thursday that opening most of the outer continental shelf to leasing is part of President Trump’s strategy to make the United States a global leader in energy production, stimulate coastal activity and create thousands of jobs. But as onshore oil and natural gas production has surged from horizontal drilling, helping to lower the price of petroleum, interest in offshore drilling has fallen.

A barrel of petroleum sells for less than $45, and many oil companies balk at the massive investment in equipment needed to drill offshore when the price is lower than $85, analysts say.

Vincent DeVito, Interior’s counselor for energy policy, said a 45-day comment period will start Monday with a request for public comment in the Federal Register. DeVito said stakeholders, such as state governors, would be contacted for their input, as will the Department of Defense, which frowns upon exploration near bases and areas where ships conduct training exercises.

Royal Dutch Shell suspended drilling in the Arctic about two years ago when its oil exploration there produced a dry hole. The company said the result didn’t justify the massive risks and expense of drilling in the environmentally sensitive Arctic frontier.

DeVito said the Obama administration’s plan, to keep more than 90 percent of the outer continental shelf off limits, isn’t feasible given a recent Trump administration analysis showing oil production there could create 300,000 jobs.

“Our country has a massive energy economy, and we should absolutely wear it on our sleeves, rather than keep energy resources in the ground,” he said in a statement. “This work will encourage responsible energy exploration and production, in order to advance the United States’ position as a global energy force and foster security for the benefit of the American citizenry.”

On his way out of office in January, President Barack Obama banned offshore drilling in both ocean areas, removing regions that he said are “simply not right to lease.”


35 Comments on "Trump says the Atlantic, Arctic could soon be open to oil drilling"

  1. Midnight Oil on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 8:06 pm 

    Hot Dang…BAU unleashed and on steroids…
    My retirement is starting to look OK…
    That’s if the positive feedbacks don’t kick in and make the planet unlivable….
    The devil is in the details, right AdamB?

  2. Apneaman on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 9:49 pm 

    They only need to find a little more cheap Nat Gas and it will kill the US coal industry dead. The new headline will read

    Trump Energy Policy Kills Coal

    Kentuckians Starve

  3. Midnight Oil on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 9:52 pm 

    Scary’: CO2 Rates Climb Even as Emissions Stabilize
    Scientists say the earth’s natural “sponges” may be unable to absorb CO2 at the usual rate
    Environmentalist Bill McKibben is one climate change expert who’s distressed by the news. On Monday, he tweeted, “On the list of scary things, this is near the top: Forests and oceans seem to be starting to absorb a lot less co2.
    The extreme weather in the previous two years may have caused such an extreme rise that the natural “sponges” that are usually able to absorb carbon dioxide, are having trouble keeping up.

    Josep G. Canadell, an Australian climate scientist who runs the Global Carbon Project, told the Times the trends are ominous.

  4. Apneaman on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 9:56 pm 

    Just more US tribal bullshit.

    Headlines from last year.

    Here’s Why Obama Is Approving Arctic Drilling Again

    For a leader who has made fighting climate change a priority, President Barack Obama’s decision to approve Royal Dutch Shell’s return to oil and gas exploration off Alaska was seen by many environmentalists as a contradiction.

    Obama quietly approves hundreds of offshore fracking drills in Gulf of Mexico
    Published time: 30 Jun, 2016


    Barack Obama reverses campaign promise and approves offshore drilling

    What this really means is Trump has approved drilling on the moon.

  5. Apneaman on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 10:05 pm 

    Midnight Oil, one thing to keep in mind is those are self reported emissions numbers. Kinda like how Volkswagen reports their cars emissions numbers. How much faith can anyone have that China and India are shooting straight? Regardless, the feedbacks are underway and will continue to puke up ever more CO2 & methane every year and they cannot be stopped. Technically they could be slowed, but we all know the humans are incapable of making the radical emission cuts, land abuse changes and overall consumption reduction that would require. What’s the point of living without a never ending stream of quickly forgotten consumer dopamine hits?

  6. DerHundistlos on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 11:24 pm 

    According to a wide ranging international study (prepare yourself for the shocker of the year), confidence in Trump and the United States has plummeted from 64% under Obama to now just 22%. US standing in the world has never been worse.

    Trust in the American president plummeted most in the United States’ closest allies in Europe and Asia, as well as in the countries it borders, Canada and Mexico. In only two countries, Russia and Israel, does Trump receive a higher score than Obama.

    The Pew survey revealed a level of distrust and an intense dislike in the American presidency under Trump never before seen on such a universal bases.

  7. efarmer on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 11:42 pm 

    You have to see a person who basically is oriented in brand championship, confronting his predecessor to destory his brand . We are in in a brand warfare period of governance. While the brand is everything to some of the cast, the bulk of it is surreal nonsense. A brand will win and shine, but it won’t have anything to do with the brand of the United States brand, but it will be so good, so unexpected, you will win, and it wil be great, believe me, you are going to win, and get tired of wiining, and then win some more, and then you will exclaim, “It is so boring to win like this, and I am sick of it”, and yet with the Trump Magic you shall continue to win and wind and win.

  8. makati1 on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 12:04 am 

    The U$A has become “The Greatest Show on Earth” with all of it’s freaks and clowns performing for a dumbed down, drugged up, snowflake citizenry. Lies, corruption, death and destruction is now normal and obvious to anyone who bothers to look at declining America. Especially to anyone outside the U$ MSM Iron Curtain.

  9. Davy on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 3:40 am 

    “According to a wide ranging international study (prepare yourself for the shocker of the year), confidence in Trump and the United States has plummeted from 64% under Obama to now just 22%. US standing in the world has never been worse.”

    So what is your point Der Hund? The world is more stupid? Obama was a liar and did little of what he talked about and more of what is just the status quo. Trump is doing more of what he is talking about which is the status quo. I fail to see the difference other than the Obama hat trick that the stupid world fell for. The many of the elites just can’t believe Trump would cut to the chase and not follow the lies. Both are status quo politicians engaged in deception and lies. Why should I care about what the hypocritical world thinks? The rest of the world is made up of dumbass countries that hate the US. They should rightly hate the US but they should also look in the mirror especially the stupid Anglosphere where the biggest self-deception occurs.

  10. Davy on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 7:09 am 

    “Trump “Overrules” Cabinet, Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War”

    “According to Axios, behind the constant media scandals, “one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House” where with “more than 20 top officials present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, the president and a small band of America First advisers made it clear they’re hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, and likely other imports.”

  11. rockman on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 8:04 am 

    A “small” correction: “The White House is making a bid to overturn the Obama administration’s five-year plan forbidding oil and gas exploration in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans” The 5 year time frame refers to new lease sales, not drilling: President Obama excluded new leases within the Chukchi and Beaufort seas north of Alaska in the Interior Department’s next five-year plan. With respect to drilling from:

    “The mining prohibition would only obstruct claims for two years. Likewise, the Obama administration’s decision not to issue new Arctic-drilling permits would likely only keep offshore exploration in those waters on ice until 2018 or 2019…”

    With respect to drilling off the Atlantic coast it would be years before any company goes after leases out there let alone a drill permit. Not issuing drill permits in a region where no company wants a permit is just PR bullsh*t. The process: shoot, process and interpret seismic. Then nominate leases for a sale (typically a 1 to 2 year process), take leases, and then take the typical 2+ year process to apply for a drill permit. Based on the fact the govt is just beginning the seismic permitting process it would likely be 5+ years AT THE EARLIEST before any company could be granted a permit off the Atlantic coast. From last May:

    Reuters – “The U.S. Department of Interior on Wednesday said it would begin reviewing permit applications from six companies seeking to conduct seismic surveys in the Atlantic Ocean, marking a sharp reversal from the previous administrations stance on oil and gas exploration activities off the U.S. East Coast.”

  12. Sissyfuss on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 8:53 am 

    App, Trump is not going to let coal die, he is looking into to financing power plants in energy starved countries and then shipping the coal to them. Coal is perhaps the most AGW loaded FF out there and this cartoon of a leader tells us it’s clean. Watch the emissions explode if and when he ramps this nightmare up.

  13. rockman on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 10:28 am 

    “…Trump is not going to let coal die, he is looking into to financing power plants in energy starved countries…”. As was President Obama’s position as coal exports doubled during his term from 60 million ton per year to 120 million tons per year. Most of the increase came from govt leases out west that President Obama administered. While his attempt to increase exports from the west coast by building new export terminals was halted by local opposition President Obama did expedite permits to expand coal export terminals in Texas.

    President Trump has no easy task ahead for him to increase coal exports as much as President Obama achieved.

    BTW the EU “greenies” are still the biggest importers of US coal.

  14. Sissyfuss on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 11:13 am 

    Disconnects everywhere, Rockofoilages. You can’t thrive in this modernity without an abundance of cognitive dissonance.

  15. Davy on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 11:50 am 

    Cognative dissonance or surreal amazement.

  16. Anonymous on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 12:39 pm 

    Drill baby drill!

  17. DerHundistlos on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 9:35 pm 


    Touched a nerve I see. Sorry that the world (except Israel and Russia) despises the Dear Leader and has lost confidence in the US.

    I realize you are playing obtuse, so re-read and try again comprehending the information.

    By the way, my apologies the information does not comport to your wishes and desires.

  18. DerHundistlos on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 9:44 pm 

    And, Davy, you can rationalize all you want your misguided support for Trump by calling the rest of the world stupid.

    Let’s take an obvious difference and see if this helps you out- The Environment. I have previously provided numerous specific examples describing the polar opposite positions of Trump and Obama on the environment, and if you continue to honestly beleive Trump represents the status quo of past presidents- Democratic and Republican-then you are living in an alternative reality.

  19. DerHundistlos on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 9:51 pm 


    I decided to fact check Rockman’s information and what I found is in direct opposition to his claims. According to S&P, through the end of 2015, US coal exports reached a six year LOW of 67.3 million mt NOT anywhere close to 120 million as he claims.

  20. Apneaman on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 10:36 pm 

    DerHundistlos, I think Trump represents the human cancer, past & present, quite well. He’s just more honest about being a member of the biggest killer to ever appear on the planet.

    Humans responsible for demise of gigantic ancient mammals

    Early humans were the dominant cause of the extinction of a variety of species of giant beasts, new research has revealed.

    The Ecologically Noble Savage

    “Evidence of vast fires in the northern Amazonian forests and of the apparently anthropogenic origins of large areas of forest in eastern Amazonial suggests that before 1500, humans had tremendously affected the virgin forest, with ensuing impacts on plant and animal species. These people behaved as humans do now : they did whatever they had to to feed themselves and their families.

    “Whatever they had to” is the key phrase in understanding the problem of the noble savage myth in its contemporary version. Countless examples make it clear that indigenous people can be either forced, seduced, or tempted into accepting new methods, new crops, and new technologies. No better example exists than the near-universal adoption of firearms for hunting by Indians in the Neotropics. Shotguns or rifles, often combined with the use of flashlights and outboard motors, change completely the interaction between human hunters and their prey.”

    Humans, not climate change, wiped out Australian megafauna

    “The Australian collection of megafauna some 50,000 years ago included 1,000-pound kangaroos, 2-ton wombats, 25-foot-long lizards, 400-pound flightless birds, 300-pound marsupial lions and Volkswagen-sized tortoises. More than 85 percent of Australia’s mammals, birds and reptiles weighing over 100 pounds went extinct shortly after the arrival of the first humans, said Miller.

    The ocean sediment core showed the southwest is one of the few regions on the Australian continent that had dense forests both 45,000 years ago and today, making it a hotbed for biodiversity, said Miller, also associate director of CU Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

    “It’s a region with some of the earliest evidence of humans on the continent, and where we would expect a lot of animals to have lived,” Miller said. “Because of the density of trees and shrubs, it could have been one of their last holdouts some 45,000 years ago. There is no evidence of significant climate change during the time of the megafauna extinction.”

    The Invaders
    How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction

    Not just other hominids either. No, the 20th century is well documented as a century of genocide on the industrial scale. What the fuck is the extinction of plants and other animals to a rapacious ape who is more than willing to extinct the tribe next door for a few extra dopamine hits?

    “The romantic contrast between modern industry that “destroys nature” and our ancestors who “lived in harmony with nature” is groundless. Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions. We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of life.”

    ― Yuval Noah Harari, From Animals into Gods: A Brief History of Humankind

    “The destruction of the natural world is not the result of global capitalism, industrialisation, ‘Western civilisation’ or any flaw in human institutions. It is a consequence of the evolutionary success of an exceptionally rapacious primate. Throughout all of history and prehistory, human advance has coincided with ecological devastation.”

    ― John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts On Humans And Other Animals

    Trump is a denier tard and a fucking piece of shit and I’d laugh out loud if he was lynched, but he’s as humans as they come. He just features the most primitive form of denial. The humans who think the humans can be other than the self centered destroyers that they are are just as ridiculous especially when they try and claim Obama was a friend to the “environment”. Obama was a friend to BAU and especially to US oil who had their best 8 years ever under him.

    America’s biggest oil boom came under Obama

  21. DerHundistlos on Fri, 30th Jun 2017 11:38 pm 


    Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is an amazing global treasure which protects a vast stretch of ocean around the Hawaiian islands – it’s over half a million square miles, an area greater than the size of Texas, California and Montana combined.

    It was initially created by President G.W. Bush and expanded by President Obama – it’s a wonderful example of bipartisan conservation. Unfortunately, President Man-Child seems determined to shrink the monument. If he does that, he would undermine efforts to protect more than 7,000 species that live here. That’s coral, fish, birds, and marine mammals and other flora and fauna, including the endangered Hawaiian monk seal, three endangered whale species, and the endangered leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles.

  22. makati1 on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 12:02 am 

    Could we compare “T” to that huge mindless dinosaur called a brontosaurus? Mindless of the destruction he causes just by being alive. If he avoids starting a nuclear war, it will be because there were some cooler heads willing to disobey his impulsive orders and maybe even ‘delete’ him. We shall see.

  23. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:00 am 

    Well, der hund, liberal whining is so stupid so yea it gets old.

  24. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:14 am 

    “DerHundistlos, I think Trump represents the human cancer, past & present, quite well. He’s just more honest about being a member of the biggest killer to ever appear on the planet.”

    Der Hund, what Ape said but I would include his Canada but without the honest part. You have stupid millennial 5th gen anti-American Canadians growing up to think tar sands are an American crime. Per capita cancer with a glaze of hypocrisy is “biggest” in Canada.

  25. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:42 am 

    Der hund, reconcile this liberal hypocrisy and please don’t whine about trump. Trump is an environmental scumbag but at least he is honest unlike the whining liberal elite most personified by Obama.

    “Obama in Indonesia Takes Swipe at Trump on Paris Climate Accord”

    Obamas under fire from the left for never ending, sizzling ultra-luxury vacations

  26. Dredd on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:59 am 

    The sycophants did it (Beware of the Sycophant Epidemic).

  27. rockman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 11:14 am 

    Sissy – As you might imagine I’m certainly no expert when it comes to coal exports. But I am just as capable of reading a f*cking EIA chart as well as a 12 year old. LOL. A skill seemed lacking by Derhund and MINIMALMIND. A skill that would have confirmed that US coal exports doubled from 60 mm tons/year to 120 mm tons/year in 2012 during President Obama’s term.

    As they say: a one-eyed man is King in the land of the blind. In this case the ability to read a simple EIA chart with one eye closed gives me a big edge over anyone looking at that chart when their childish prejudices forces both eyes closed. LOL.

  28. rockman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 11:41 am 

    Sissy – BTW the above post was in response to the grossly incorrect posts by Derhund and MASTERMIND’s follow up as the DOCUMENTATION from the EIA proves:

    “I decided to fact check Rockman’s information and what I found is in direct opposition to his claims. According to S&P, through the end of 2015, US coal exports reached a six year LOW of 67.3 million mt NOT anywhere close to 120 million as he claims.”

    I did respond with a couple of detailed responses detailing just how incorrect Derhund’s post is but they seem to have disappeared.

  29. rockman on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 11:56 am 

    Sissy – Sorry…my mistake. Derhund confused me (often too easy done) by posting the same criticism under two different threads. Why he would want to embarrass himself in multiple locations is beyond me. LOL. I’ll waste a little space here and repeat my original response:

    “Derhund – “According to S&P, through the end of 2015, US coal exports reached a six year LOW of 67.3 million mt NOT anywhere close to the doubling he claims.”

    Apparently your research abilities are on par with that of a 5 year old…as is your reading comprehension. LOL. Did I say we were exporting twice as much coal in 2015? No, my darling child. I said that coal exports doubled by 2012 during President Obama term. And one more time here’s that DOCUMENTATION from the EIA.

    Typically a much better source then the S&P. Although in this case S&P is correct. Probably because they are sourcing the EIA. Maybe you can find an adult to help you read this curve. LOL:

    And you apparently can’t even find the latest current US coal export numbers: in 2016 US coal exports have declined even further to 60 mm tons/year compared to the 67.3 mm tons/year you posted. Which only confirms the point I made in my original post: President Trump will have a very difficult time increasing coal exports from 60 mm tons/year to 120 mm tons/year as was done in 2012 during President Obama’s term.

    So thank you very much for challenging the FACTS I posted. Not only does it validate the Rockman but it also highlights the misconceptions held my many who, I guessing in your case, have English as a second language. LOL. Just some friendly advice: before so obviously posting a foolish criticism of anyone’s post: you might want to double check the facts before you embarrass yourself again. LOL.

    I might offer the same advice to the self proclaimed “MASTERMIND”, a title that seems unwarranted given the same inability as Derhund to read the simple DOCUMENTATION the Rockman posted as opposed to the criticism offered by the MINIMALMIND. LOL.

    “But the way you can spot an expert is that explain things simply and with evidence.” But I must thank the MINIMALMIND for tagging me as an export since I did say, in very simple words, that US coal imports doubled under President Obama’s term in 2012 and provided that evidence as published by the EIA. The Rockman himself is much too humble to call himself an expert. He’s satisfied with the facts making that case. LOL.

    {Now the “expert” reference might make more sense}

  30. DerHundistlos on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 1:20 pm 


    Obviously, I am not the only poster that finds you to be thoroughly disingenuous. Your words, “As was President Obama’s position as coal exports doubled during his term from 60 million ton per year to 120 million tons per year.”


  31. DerHundistlos on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 1:32 pm 


    Your words, “As was President Obama’s position as coal exports doubled during his term from 60 million ton per year to 120 million tons per year.”

    Then you say in a following comment, ” No, my darling child. I said that coal exports doubled by 2012 during President Obama term.”

    Since I am a slow learner, show me where you used the 2012 qualifier in your original statement that I quoted above or is 2012 written in a special ink only visible to certain readers.

    You got caught, plain and simple.

  32. DerHundistlos on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 1:48 pm 


    And fuck your moaning. You try ever so hard to rationalize your support for El Supremo Cancer Monkey Trump by quoting a conservative rag about Obama “taking a swipe at Trump over climate change” and the Obama’s hotel accommodations as if that compares in any meaningful way to the multi-pronged attacks actions being taken by Trump and the Republican congress to sell-off America’s parks and wildlife reserves. Pathetic and laughable examples.

    You are so transparent and predictable not to mention totally illogical. This explains why you are at war with so many posters, but of course YOU are right and everyone else is wrong.

  33. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 3:59 pm 

    Der hund, I am pointing out hypocrisy and you are defending it. That explains your emotional response. When one defends the indefensible emotional responses occur. Those posters who do the “haze and praise” strategy here on this board all fall into the same predictable responses. I always beat them at their game because I am not supporting anything. I am a doomer preaching decay and decline. I am calling out hypocrisy. I am throwing cold water on any side claiming righteousness. You are an easy one to crack because you are so binary.

  34. DerHundistlos on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 4:40 pm 


    Hypocrisy? You are the quintessential definition.

    In reality, you are trying ever so hard to create an equivalency between Republicans and Democrats to rationalize your illogical and hypocritical positions. You claim to be an environmentalist, yet you support the most anti-environmental president and congress EVER. As an example, not too long ago you predicted that the Seth Rich “scandal” would bring down the Democratic Party in disgrace. Then Fox Noise issued a public apology over this fake non-news story to the family of Seth Rich and a full retraction of the story. You also tried with the PizzaFraud story until it was discovered that the location where the alleged pedophilia was occurring is in fact a New York multi-generational family owned and operated restaurant. Fortunately, the owners are tough New Yorkers so when a right-wing nutter from Missouri or Oklahoma shows up expecting to uncover a Democratic party den of pedophilia, the owners know how to take down the right wing-nut until the police arrive to take the offender to jail. The owner’s say every week without fail at least one lunatic shows-up with guns and threats.

  35. Davy on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 5:00 pm 

    Der hund, I am saying they are both bad and you are saying yours is good and the other bad. You are hazing and praising and it is a dead end. You can’t tell me your party is good and the other is bad. If you do you end up in all kinds of inconsistencies. No wonder you are so emotional today.

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