Greenpeace Calls Trump Administration’s Proposed Five-Year Plan “Immoral and Reckless”
January 4, 2018
Washington, DC – In response to reported details of the Trump administration’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan, which is expected to expand offshore drilling in Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Arctic waters, and auction off permanently protected areas, Greenpeace USA Climate Campaigner Mary Sweeters said,
“Within a matter of weeks, the Trump administration has taken steps to willfully ignore the lessons from the Deepwater Horizon disaster by undoing basic offshore drilling safety measures and then handing over our oceans to the fossil fuel industry. If the Interior Department’s five-year oil and gas leasing plan moves forward, extractive companies will have access to drill off nearly every coast in the United States. This puts coastal communities and economies, marine wildlife, public health, and the climate at an unimaginable risk.
“For federal agencies and government officials to greenlight more oil and gas development while our communities are still recovering from massive fires, devastating droughts, and destructive superstorms is immoral and reckless. We have a narrow window of time to avoid the worst impacts of climate change and usher in a just economic transition to renewable energy. Solutions including fuel efficiency measures and renewable energy like wind and solar have never been more affordable, more accessible, and more necessary.
“Communities, business leaders, and politicians united in opposition to Trump’s shrinking of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. That national unity and powerful resistance will continue to match Trump’s attacks on public lands and waters.”
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