Fighting back against Trump’s CRUDE Approach to Energy Policy

May 25, 2017

Dear Friends,

Last year, President Obama finalized a plan to withdraw millions of acres of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans from new offshore oil and gas drilling. This was after years of consultation with experts, and a thorough environmental review and public feedback process. 

Trump issued an executive order last month throwing it all out, commanding the Department of Interior to rewrite this plan. I believe he’s doing this for one reason: to enrich the oil and gas industry, at the expense of sensitive ecosystems in the Arctic and the Atlantic.

This latest move is unacceptable. We shouldn’t drill in these areas, period. I joined my colleagues in demanding that Secretary Zinke keep the Atlantic and Pacific regions off-limits to any new oil and gas lease sales. We’ve also introduced the Stop Arctic Drilling Act and the COAST Act, which ban offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

I don’t want to see tarballs on Oregon’s beaches, so I’m also watching out for our coastline. One of the first bills that I supported this Congress was the West Coast Ocean Protection Act that would permanently ban offshore drilling on the outer continental shelf off of Washington, Oregon, and California.

Our oceans are already struggling. We should not make things worse. The Arctic, the Atlantic, and the Pacific – none of them should be subject to dangerous offshore drilling. We’re fighting back against this Administration’s recent actions and working for a clean energy future.


Earl Blumenauer
Member of Congress