>> It pushes us to do our->> President Obama making a bold move on his way out of the White House, banning new offshore oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The ban affecting waters in northern Alaska and in the Atlantic from New England to the Chesapeake Bay.
Obama taking the surprise action in a way that could stop incoming president Donald Trump from reversing it when he takes the reins. Obama invoking a 1950s era law called the Outer Continental Shelf Act, giving a president powers to protect areas from mineral leasing and drilling. Under that law, the new president is not able to simply undo the ban, as he could with an executive order.
Environmental groups saying Trump would instead have to fight it in the courts. Trump, backed by oil interests, has said he wants to ramp up fossil fuel development by clearing away what he says are needless regulations. The drilling ban coming in coordination with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who will also deny drilling in Canadian Arctic waters.