The Trump administration's unprecedented threat to open most federal waters to oil and gas drilling is true to post-factual form. Amid record domestic energy production and a global consensus for reducing carbon emissions, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke proposes taking serious environmental risks opposed by most of the coastal population for the sake of extracting even more fossil fuels. Set in motion by President Trump's reversal of former President Barack Obama's order blocking new energy leases along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, Zinke's draft plan envisions offering 47 new leases in offshore waters from Alaska to California and Maine to Florida starting next year.
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