Today, we learned from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that
Responsibly developing our energy resources on the Outer Continental Shelf in a safe and well-regulated way is important to our economy and energy security, and it provides billions of dollars to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands, and parks.
Today's announcement lays out the options that are on the table and starts a lengthy and robust public comment period. Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks.We all know how much a fan of energy production this president is -- he literally drips energy, 'all of the above' energy, without playing favorites or picking winners and losers, remember? Except when it comes to his own properties, well, all bets are off.
In this post from last April, I noted that when Trump found out there might be wind turbines off the coast of his Aberdeenshire golf course, he sent 16 letters to government officials, noting how damaging it would be for the country of Scotland.
Don't destroy your coastline and your countryside with these monstrous turbines. Your economy will become a third world wasteland that global investors will avoid.And, there was this -
Its adverse visual impact on my development and the beautiful Aberdeen coastline will be disastrous and environmentally irresponsible.Now, I don't know about you, but if the president got that bent out of shape about a dozen wind turbines in Scotland, can you imagine how he'd feel about oil rigs within sight of one of his American resorts? It doesn't even have to be all that close, just close enough to get a glimpse of off in the horizon...you know, the deep water horizon.
Or, even better, maybe we could put one off the coast of his pride and joy, Mar-a-Lago?
Wouldn't that be too, too perfectly ironic?
Drillbabydrill! Unleash our energy independence, right in front of the president's private club!
On another note, oh please, oh please let there be tape recordings of the interviews that went into Fire and Fury, the explosive new book about the Trump White House!
I don't really care that the GOP is experiencing a collective um, er, a collective 'happy moment' about the downfall of Steve Bannon, or whether he's the bigger believer in the Trump agenda than the GOP leadership is (because of course, he is) and I don't even care that a really rich Republican donor like Rebekah Mercer has to publicly release a statement disavowing Bannon. That's a real first world problem right there, don't you think?
If it's as unhinged as people have been saying all along, as disjointed as the media has been reporting all along, we deserve to know.
If there are tapes, interview notes, and all of the other tricks of the journalism trade to support what's in the book, then we will know who's lying, finally, and we'll know what kind of shape the country might really be in with Trump in the Oval Office.
It doesn't mean that we'd be any better off, immediately - it will only mean that we would know, and wouldn't have to guess any more. And then, if needed, appropriate steps could be taken. If, on the other hand, there's proof that what Michael Wolff has in his book is NOT true, then we will know that, too.
Oh please, oh please!