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Continuing its effort to unravel Barack Obama’s environmental legacy, the administration announced last week that it would open virtually all offshore waters to oil and gas exploration — a stark reversal of Mr Obama’s move to prohibit energy extraction across hundreds of millions of acres of ocean.
While the change drew praise from top Republicans and energy industry officials, it also generated a bipartisan backlash from elected officials in states that border the ocean — among them Florida’s Republican governor and senator, who warned of environmental degradation.
“California is also ‘unique’ & our ‘coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.’ Our ‘local and state voice’ is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Twitter. “If that's your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list. Immediately.”
Also has me wondering, if they did open up the waters and blotted all the beaches with platforms, what good would that end up doing any of the residents of Florida? Meaning what good does se all those Louisiana platforms do any of the residents there?
originally posted by: IgnoranceIsntBlisss
a reply to: StallionDuck
Yeah those guys do shifts like a month on month off and get fat stacks. Okay so how many jobs per platform? And what percentage of them would be FLoridians???
And is that all the ordeal does for anybody besides the Federal Government cronies / the Oil Tycoons?
But dont kid yourself: if people can see them from the beaches it WILL affect tourism.
Why are mysterious balls of tar washing up on Texas beaches?
Tarballs wash up on Gulf Coast beaches every summer. But where do these gooey glops of gunk come from, anyway?
That’s the mystery Steve Buschang works to solve every time one appears on the Texas coast. Buschang is the director of research and development at the Texas General Land Office’s Oil Spill Prevention and Response Division. He’s working to develop a tarball database to help match tarballs on Texas beaches to known sources of pollution.
“Tarballs can range from a pesky nuisance to an economic nightmare for a tourist town,” Buschang said. “The science behind this project may give us a better understanding of where these are coming from and possibly how to better manage these events.”