|President Obama having his heart stolen by Alaska.|
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday banned new oil and gas drilling in federal waters in the Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, in a push to leave his stamp on the environment before Republican Donald Trump takes office next month.
Obama used a 1950s-era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act that allows presidents to limit areas from mineral leasing and drilling. Environmental groups said that meant Trump's incoming administration would have to go court if it sought to reverse the move.
The ban affects 115 million acres (46.5 million hectares) of federal waters off Alaska in the Chukchi Sea and most of the Beaufort Sea and 3.8 million acres (1.5 million hectares) in the Atlantic from New England to Chesapeake Bay.
Trump, who succeeds Obama on Jan. 20, has said he would expand offshore oil and gas drilling. A recent memo from his energy transition team said his policy could increase production in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, as well as the mid- and south Atlantic.
A Trump representative did not immediately comment on the announcement.
That is what you call "checkmate" Cheeto Hitler.
And you know it's a good deal because Sarah Palin absolutely hates it.
Damn first Obama signs a bill protecting my people from harassment, and then he bans oil exploration to protect my state from being brutally raped by the Trump administration.
That's it, President Obama just moved to the top of my Christmas list.
What size Alaska t-shirt do you think he wears?