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Judge Restores Obama-Era Drilling Ban, Ruling Trump's Reversal Unlawful

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Donald Trump has spent much of his time as president undercutting the presidency and character of Barack Obama.

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This week, Obama’s drilling agenda scored a win against Trump’s efforts to revitalize offshore drilling.

In 2015, Obama stopped exploration in areas important to the walrus, in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas and the Hanna shoal. The next year, he withdrew nearly all of the potential Arctic Ocean lease areas.

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Obama’s order was meant to protect polar bears, walruses, ice seals and Alaskan natives who depend on the wildlife.

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason threw out Trump’s executive order that overturned key bans from the Obama administration.

According to Gleason’s decision, Presidents have the power to remove certain lands from development, but future Presidents do not have the power to revoke removals from their predecessors.

“The wording of President Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawals indicates that he intended them to extend indefinitely,” said Gleason, “and therefore be revocable only by an act of Congress.”

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Erik Grafe, an attorney with Earthjustice, which represented other environmental groups that sued the Trump administration over his executive order from early 2017, said the ruling showed “that the president cannot just trample on the Constitution to do the bidding of his cronies in the fossil fuel industry at the expense of our oceans, wildlife and climate.”

While U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Wood said that environmental groups were misinterpreting a law written in 1953, the court ultimately sided with the groups represented by Earthjustice.

Contributing Editor. When he's not pullin' up, he's usually jumpin' out. You can find him in the cut.

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Brwnskngurl

Thank goodness some of our institutions are still intact.

People, think! As we tear down every possible Dem 2020 candidate, and fold our arms in indignation because “my guy” did not win....remember this. Republicans play THE LONG GAME. And the federal court system is their trophy. They are eating dick for Dump for 3 reasons:Money; power and the COURTS!

Whoever emerges in 2020, even if it’s the fucking dog catcher, VOTE FOR THAT DEM!! Do not whine and bitch because your candidate lost! Think of this court decision! Remember how important the courts are in this country. Think RBG! Because she can’t survive another dump term and then he picks her successor! VOTE PEOPLE!!