Obama tries a Climate Change Legacy End Run with a few days to go
WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Obama reported on Tuesday what he called a permanent ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along wide ranges of the Arctic and the Atlantic Seaboard as he attempted to nail down an environmental legacy that can’t rapidly be turned around by Donald J. Trump.
Mr. Obama summoned a dark provision of a 1953 law, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which he said gives him the power to act singularly. While a few presidents have utilized that law to incidentally secure littler portions of government waters, Mr. Obama’s declaration of a permanent drilling ban on portions of the sea depths from Virginia to Maine and along quite a bit of Alaska’s drift is breaking new ground. The declaration’s destiny will more likely than not be chosen by the government courts.
“It’s never been done,” said Patrick Parenteau, an educator of environmental law at Vermont Law School. “There is no case law on this. It’s strange waters.”
The move — considered innovative by supporters and damaging by opponents — is one of the numerous endeavors by Mr. Obama to shield what environmental arrangements he can from a successor who has pledged to move them back. The president, in concert with United Nations pioneers, hurried nations to confirm the Paris Agreement on climate change, putting the multinational accord into overdrive in record time, before Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
Mr. Trump’s climate change position
Mr. Trump has stated his position on Climate Change is “Open”, but he doesn’t think the conversation is over. Obama stated it was accepted science, but many scientists disagreed and Mr. Trumps thinks it needs more discussion before we ruin the world’s economy using junk science that many experts disagree with. Mr. Obama, closed the discussion before both sides were heard.
It is clear that science doesn’t have all the answers, even though many believe if it’s on TV it, true and human-caused Climate Change is real. Opponents say, the last ice age was produced with no humans or very few populating the earth, and that the pro-climate changes are cyclic. Jumping on the Climate Change bandwagon without more definitive evidence will most likely end economies of the world. Participating governments will collapse economically, and we will starve to death long before the changing climate kills us. Are we simply being political to appease the “Green at any cost” people? Are citizens getting excited with little or no credible science? Mostly speculation, and algo rhythms fed into computers to produce the results desired. With no measurable increase in earth’s temperature from Satelite instruments in the last 18 years, You can see that this argument is not by any means settled science.
sources: New York Times, Business insider,