When it comes to offshore oil drilling, GOP isn’t interested in “states’ rights”, just big oil’s rights

  • Published on April 19th, 2019

You’ve probably heard Trump’s utterly baseless claim that wind farms cause cancer (and we’re not going to bother with a rebuttal, because you already know that he lies when he opens his mouth) — but did you see his sneaky effort to make it easier to disregard states’ concerns regarding offshore oil drilling?

Offshore oil drilling in California MLPA by EarthFirst

By RL Miller
Climate Hawks Vote

Buried in the Federal Register is a seemingly innocuous proposal to streamline something called the federal consistency process in the Coastal Zone Management Act affecting offshore oil and gas, in the name of efficiency. Your first clue: when Trump regulators want to promote efficiency, it’s not the good kind of energy efficiency climate hawks like.

So we’re going to streamline, for you, the process of submitting a public comment opposing this sneaky effort to expand offshore oil drilling.

Take action now: submit a public comment to NOAA opposing streamlining of offshore oil drilling.

Honestly, I’m outraged for too many reasons to list in one email.

I’m outraged at the bureaucratic doublespeak that makes it hard for ordinary citizens like you and me to speak out.

I’m outraged at the way Republicans talk up states’ rights – until the states demand public hearings on things like offshore oil drilling, with good (cough *deepwaterhorizon* cough) reason.

And most of all I’m outraged at Trump and his corrupt regulators thinking that they can drill and frack and shovel money back to the oil companies from whence they came, la la la what climate crisis? while you and I and the climate suffer.

It’s being rumored that Trump has a plan to expand the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts (yes, Virginia! yes, California!) to drilling. So this particular rulemaking means that Trump will cut off the voices or states and citizens to squawk up, right when they need to squawk the loudest.

Rather than fume, I’m going to channel that outrage into action. I hope you’ll join me in speaking out against this particular bit of chicanery.

Speak out now.

About the Author

The chair of the Democratic Environmental Caucus, RL Miller also runs Climate Hawks Vote, which backs candidates for office who are serious about taking action on climate change. http://climatehawksvote.com/