Oil and gas drilling in Texas. Photo by: Pexels.com
Oil and gas drilling in Texas. Photo by: Pexels.com

The Reckless Behavior of the Trump Administration Continues in 2018

History has a way of repeating itself. In the political world, the environment continues to get polluted over and over.

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill that killed 11 people and polluted the ocean near Florida, Alabama and the Gulf Coast is the last thing the Trump Administration wants the public to focus on.

Several governors along the East Coast oppose offshore drilling due to the dangerous exaction method.

In an era where China and other developed countries are investing billions of dollars into renewable energy, it has become the ‘environmental dark age’ for the United States.

On a positive note, all of the regulations that would impact the environment in a negative manner will be reinstated in 2020 when the Trump Administration is removed from office. Our country has never seen a president with such low approval numbers, and pushing for energy production that has caused large amounts of pollution in the past will not help his chances at re-election in 2020.

An opposing point of view is the possible revenue that the oil and gas companies would profit from with offshore drilling near and around the United States.

The New York Times reported:

‘While the plan puts the administration squarely on the side of the energy industry and against environmental groups, it also puts the White House at odds with a number of coastal states that oppose offshore drilling. Some of those states are led by Republicans, like Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, where the tourism industry was hit hard by the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in 2010 that killed 11 people and spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Governor Scott vowed on Thursday to protect his state’s coast from drilling, saying he would raise the issue with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.’

“I have asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration.” – Governor Rick Scott 

For more on this topic watch YouTube videos from the AP and CBS News.