US offshore drilling plans: How objective was the coverage?
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US offshore drilling plans: How objective was the coverage?

January 5, 2018

The Raw Data

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US announces plan to allow more offshore oil and gas drilling

The U.S. Department of the Interior released a plan on Thursday to allow for new areas of offshore oil and gas drilling. The proposal includes areas in the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the plan was a “draft program” and that “nothing is final yet.” He added that “states, local communities and congressional delegations will all have a say” before the Department of the Interior finalizes its plan.

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Top Spin Words

  • Unraveling

    Such a reversal deals a serious blow to Mr. Obama’s environmental legacy and signals that the Trump administration is nowhere near done unraveling the environmental restrictions of its predecessor in an effort to promote domestic energy production. (The New York Times)

  • Immediate backlash

    There was immediate backlash from a coalition of more than 60 environmental groups who said such unprecedented drilling would impose “severe and unacceptable harm” to the country’s oceans, coastal communities, public health and marine life. (Fox News)

  • Immediate concern

    But the announcement was met with immediate concern from environmental groups, and from Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who released a statement in the middle of Zinke’s announcement Thursday afternoon, asking to have waters off of Florida’s coastline removed from consideration. (CNN)

  • Dramatically

    The Trump administration announced Thursday it is planning to dramatically expand offshore drilling, opening almost all U.S. coastal waters to potential oil and gas exploration and development.  (Fox News)

  • Ambitious

    The Trump administration will propose an ambitious offshore oil and gas exploration plan Thursday that’s a complete reversal of Obama-era policies aimed at restricting drilling, The Daily Caller News Foundation has learned. (The Daily Caller)

  • “Shameful giveaway”

    “This extreme proposal is a shameful giveaway” to the oil and gas industry, which supported Trump in the election campaign, the groups added. (Fox News)

    Environmentalists said they expected several states to fight the plan and denounced it as a giveaway to the oil and gas industries. (The New York Times)

  • Particularly incensed

    Alaska lawmakers were particularly incensed with Obama administration policies locking up Arctic waters. (The Daily Caller)

  • Resistance

    Trump should expect resistance from Democratic-controlled states, particularly on the West Coast where offshore drilling has taken place for decades but where leases have not been issued in years. (The Daily Caller)

  • Cheered

    Oil industry leaders cheered the reversal, calling it long overdue. (The New York Times)

    Still, he noted, while the move will be cheered by other states along the Gulf of Mexico like Texas and Louisiana, Florida politicians are bound to oppose the move. (The New York Times)

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FOX News

“The Trump administration announced Thursday it is planning to dramatically expand offshore drilling, opening almost all U.S. coastal waters to potential oil and gas exploration and development.”

The Trump administration announced plans to open up 90 percent of the 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf.

The New York Times

“Such a reversal [of offshore drilling restrictions] deals a serious blow to Mr. Obama’s environmental legacy and signals that the Trump administration is nowhere near done unraveling the environmental restrictions of its predecessor in an effort to promote domestic energy production.”

The Trump administration announced a proposal that would make changes to environmental restrictions implemented during the Obama administration.

The Daily Caller

“Alaska lawmakers were particularly incensed with Obama administration policies locking up Arctic waters.”

In November 2016, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) from Alaska said she was “infuriated” with then-President Barack Obama’s ban on offshore oil drilling in the Arctic, saying he had “ignored our voices.”

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