Since 2018, President Trump has been working to expand offshore drilling to new areas like the Atlantic, Paciﬁc and Florida’s Gulf coasts, while at the same time dismantling key environmental safeguards.
Although the plans have been labeled “indefinitely delayed,” President Trump’s formal proposal to expand offshore drilling to nearly all U.S. waters still stands.
In fact, the White House recently issued a proclamation for National Ocean Month that reaffirmed the president’s support for offshore oil drilling, touting it as an “enormous opportunity” to expand the industry.
Before the pandemic, fishing, tourism and recreation in East and West Coast states supported more than 2.6 million jobs and contributed nearly $180 billion in GDP. As coastal communities continue to recover, the last thing they need are the many threats that come with dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.
Act Now, Before It’s Too Late.
Tell President Trump: Don’t Drill Off Our Coasts! Withdraw your destructive offshore drilling proposal. It’s time to listen to those who have the most to lose from expanded offshore drilling.
“Democrats and Republicans are united against President Trump’s offshore drilling plan. Opposition is strong, bipartisan and growing. It’s not too late. The president’s plan is still a preventable disaster.”
Opposition to President Trump’s Offshore Drilling Plan
As of today, opposition and concern to expanded offshore drilling activities in U.S. waters includes:
- Every East and West Coast governor, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, California, Oregon and Washington
- More than 380 East and West Coast municipalities
- Over 2,300 local, state and federal bipartisan officials
- East and West Coast alliances representing over 56,000 businesses and 500,000 fishing families
- New England, South and Mid-Atlantic fishery management councils
- More than 120 scientists
- More than 80 former military leaders
- Commercial and recreational fishing interests such as Southeastern Fisheries Association, Snook and Gamefish Foundation, Fisheries Survival Fund, Southern Shrimp Alliance, Billfish Foundation and International Game Fish Association
- California Coastal Commission, California Fish and Game Commission and California State Lands Commission
- Department of Defense, NASA, U.S. Air Force and Florida Defense Support Task Force
- A complete list opposition can be found here.