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The proposal comes as low oil prices and soaring onshore production have cut demand for offshore leases, raising questions about the benefits of the move. Reuters energy and climate policy correspondent Valerie Volcovici.>> The Trump administration has really taken a kind of all-in approach to energy development. They see unfettered energy production as the kind of centerpiece to their foreign policy strategy.
They see themselves ushering in this era, not just of energy independence, but what they call American energy dominance and they don't wanna leave any area untapped.>> Trump's American energy dominance agenda faces objections from environmentalists, state officials, and some business groups worried about spills and other potential impact on coastal tourism.
>> What frustrates some business leaders is that the Trump administration talks about being pro-business. But one gentleman I spoke with in South Carolina, who leads a group of small and medium-sized businesses, said that the Trump administration is listening to big oil. And not to these small businesses that are really dependent on a clean coast for their local tourism economy.
>> My administration->> They're facing opposition in different pockets of the country, even from Republican governors like Florida Governor Rick Scott. It's a topic where there's some strange bedfellows, and some leaders who are usually very much in concert with the Trump administration are very much opposed when it comes to offshore drilling.