Enviros Push Obama To Halt Offshore Drilling Forever

Law360, New York (March 29, 2016, 8:27 PM EDT) -- Nearly 50 environmental and indigenous groups representing major coastal regions of the U.S. filed a petition Tuesday that calls on President Barack Obama to issue an executive order ending all new oil and gas leasing auctions in federally controlled oceans.

Led by the Center for Biological Diversity, the groups said that such an order would align U.S. energy policy with Obama’s own climate goals and would be a step toward limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels, consistent with the 2015 Paris Agreement. The order is legal under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the groups said....

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