Vincent DeVito, Counselor for Energy Policy at the U.S. Department of Interior, said at the time:
By proposing to open up nearly the entire OCS for potential oil and gas exploration, the United States can advance the goal of moving from aspiring for energy independence to attaining energy dominance.
This decision could bring unprecedented access to America’s extensive offshore oil and gas resources and allows us to better compete with other oil-rich nations.
The Obama administration considered these same areas for exploration but abandoned the idea in 2016 because of concerns from states, coastal residents and the military, which uses some of the waters.
Environmental and conservation nonprofits reacted with concern, as did Michael Moore, who responded by threatening to drill offshore of Mar a Lago, Trump's luxury golf resort, in Florida, listed as one of the states opened up to drilling in the proposals.
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