You may have heard the Trump administration is rolling back policies designed to protect the U.S. ocean coastlines.You may not know it applies to the Great Lakes, too.
In an Associated Press report, we learn:
In his order this week, Trump said he was “rolling back excessive bureaucracy created by the previous administration,” saying the Obama council included 27 departments and agencies and over 20 committees, subcommittees and working groups.
The president said he was creating a smaller Ocean Policy Committee while eliminating “duplicative” regional planning bodies created under Obama.
Trump’s order downplays environmental protection, saying it would ensure that regulations and management decisions don’t get in the way of responsible use by industries that “employ millions of Americans, advance ocean science and technology, feed the American people, transport American goods, expand recreational opportunities and enhance America’s energy security.”
And in what may be the most doh sentence ever written:
The order drew praise from a group representing offshore energy producers and criticism from environmentalists.
Adds a report from The Hill:
The order encourages more drilling and other industrial uses of the oceans and Great Lakes.