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U.S. bars oil drilling off Atlantic coast in victory for environmentalists

An oil drilling rig as it arrived in Port Angeles, Wash. in 2015 aboard a transport ship bound for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria / AP)

An oil drilling rig as it arrived in Port Angeles, Wash. in 2015 aboard a transport ship bound for exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast. (Daniella Beccaria / AP)

By Associated Press

a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president’s aggressive steps to combat climate change.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the decision “protects the Atlantic for future generations.” She said the administration had listened to thousands of people in coastal communities from Florida to New England who said, “Now is not the time to start leasing off the Atlantic Coast.”

However, business groups and most Republicans criticized it as another example of what they call executive overreach.

Read more at the LA Times.

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