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Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Bans in Republican-Led States

HeadlineSep 09, 2020

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday extending a ban on oil and gas drilling in eastern parts of the Gulf of Mexico near Florida’s beaches, while expanding protections to the coasts of Georgia and South Carolina. Trump’s order comes despite his long-standing support for pipelines like the Dakota Access and Keystone XL — and his support for oil and gas drilling on federal lands, including Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Trump’s order comes as Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faces a strong reelection challenge from Democrat Jaime Harrison in South Carolina, where a majority of state residents oppose offshore drilling.

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