When President #Obama announced a five-year plan to keep the Arctic and Atlantic oceans off limits to drilling, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R) promised to restore those leases once #Donald Trump is sworn into office. Obama issued the plan under the guise of his global warming agenda. Ryan said on Friday he will work with Congress and President Trump to undo the prohibitions that block exploration and drilling for oil and natural gas in the Arctic and Atlantic. Obama has promised even more regulations before he leaves office, tying up Congress for years.
In a released statement, Ryan said the Obama administration was putting up roadblocks to the country’s energy development. He said that putting the Arctic off limits to exploration and drilling prevents America from accessing all of its natural resources. He noted the GOP’s ‘Our Better Way’ plan, which includes releasing America’s full energy potential.
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 17, 2016
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As part of that agenda, Ryan said they would reopen the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans closed by Obama during his lame-duck status as well as other offshore areas. The new drilling plan announced by Obama last month would allow offshore drilling only in the Gulf of Mexico but prohibits drilling in the Atlantic or Arctic Oceans. Big Oil had been hoping that Obama would not block Arctic exploration and drilling.