Protect our coasts from offshore drilling

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Trump’s Department of the Interior has proposed the largest expansion of offshore drilling ever -- expanding drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, and the Arctic.

Trump isn't doing this to please his constituents -- in fact, governors of states like North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Oregon, and California have explicitly opposed drilling off their coasts. Instead, this is a blatant gift to the oil companies that have bankrolled his campaign and staffed his administration.

If Trump's plan becomes reality, spills will be inevitable -- and devastating. In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill damaged 1,313 miles of coastline. That's more than the entire length of California, or half the Atlantic coast. Offshore oil spills happen frequently, devastating marine environments, commercial fishing industries, and tourism businesses. Even without spills, offshore oil causes pollution.

This gift to Big Oil and Gas is an attempt to overturn protections put in place for the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and hits reset on the plan the Obama administration completed in 2016. At that time, millions of people had spoken out in support of protecting our coasts.

We can't allow this administration to jeopardize our waters, wildlife, climate, and coastal communities. Tell Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that the public has spoken: no more offshore drilling!

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