Trump’s Move To Allow More Offshore Drilling Is Bad News For Sportsmen
by Monte Burke / Forbes
The following is excerpted from the Burke/Forbes story
“I think the default should be that all of our offshore areas should be available,” said Thomas J. Pyle, president of the American Energy Alliance. “These are our lands. They’re taxpayer-owned and they should be made available.”
The logic here, if you can call it that, is pretty strange. These are “our lands” so we should allow corporations to drill on them and make money for themselves and their shareholders?
At the highest risk for the construction of new oil rigs, according to the Times story, is the eastern part of the already imperiled Gulf of Mexico, because of the infrastructure already present in the region. That should send a shiver up the spine of all anglers, since that’s home to the fish-rich Everglades and the Florida Keys.
One must ask this question yet again: Where is Donald, Jr., in all of this? The self-proclaimed champion of America’s sportsmen—Jr. went to great lengths during the campaign to assure America’s sportsmen that he would be our guardian angel—has been utterly quiet on this issue, just as he has been on all issues affecting sportsmen. He’s had other things on his mind, for sure, but his silence on these issues has been deafening.
In the end, this declaration from the administration is probably just saber rattling, as so many of the administration’s proclamations and announcements have been in the past year. . . . .
One thing is for sure: If you are an angler or you care about the places where much of our nation’s angling is done, it’s now time to sit up and pay attention now. Sign petitions. Call your local Congressmen and women. Stand behind the governors who are fighting this. Do this now, before talk becomes action.