Environmental groups sued the Trump administration over its efforts to expand offshore drilling, arguing the move violates the president’s legal authority, threatens a multitude of wildlife and could harm the fishing and tourism industries. The lawsuit was filed in Alaska and is following Trump’s executive order aimed at jump-starting offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, as well as assessing whether energy exploration can take place in marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic. The lawsuit argues that Trump’s executive order exceeds his authority as he cannot reopen areas that Obama had permanently protected under official legislation. Groups such as Defenders of Wildlife, Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Biological Diversity, Greenpeace, the Alaska Wilderness League and the Wilderness Society are involved in the lawsuit. On the contrary, the Trump administration is claiming that the executive order is “an important step toward American energy independence” that would generate additional U.S. jobs.
I am glad that people have been speaking up against the actions of the Trump administration which will have negative environmental impacts. I also disagree that the claim of the Trump administration that these actions will create multiple jobs. Trump’s claim that more jobs will be provided to Americans with this executive order is ignores economic realities as many such jobs are limited because of technology and increased efficiency.