There is a last minute effort to block future oil drilling along the California coast.
Concerned residents, environmentalists and politicians are working together to ask President Barack Obama to sign an executive order to prohibit any oil or gas leasing along the coast.
During President Elect Donald Trump’s campaign, he was vocal about wanting to reverse several executive orders that were set in place by President Obama. The President Elect doesn’t believe in climate change and approves of drilling for oil. In many speeches and interviews, Trump has said that he wants to drill more in order to help create more jobs and revenue.
“We need to do everything we can to protect ourselves from future oil spills, from the public safety risks that we face from air quality hazards, water quality hazards, said Rebecca Claassen, from Food & Water Watch.
On Thursday, the Center for Biological Diversity and Wishtoyo Foundation sued U.S. Officials for approving off-shore fracking on Federal waters off the California Coast.
If President Obama signs an executive order to prohibit future leasings, no president after him will be able to reverse it because of a special act.
However, the National Oceans Industries Association says banning offshore oil drilling would inhibit future economic opportunities and energy securities for the United States.