Trump expands ban on offshore drilling in the Atlantic

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The president spoke at the Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse with Governor DeSantis in attendance.

The executive order, which would also expand the ban to Florida's Atlantic coast and to the coasts of Georgia and SC, was met with an unusual mix of disappointment from a drilling industry group and skepticism by environmentalists.

For the federal budget year beginning October 1, the White House said, Trump asked Congress for $250 million in annual funding to accelerate construction of infrastructure for the Everglades as part of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration.


"My administration is proving every day that we can improve our environment while creating millions of high paying jobs", Trump said.

President Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton "a much more capable candidate" than Democratic nominee Joe Biden in an interview with WPEC.

Trump narrowly won both states in the 2016 presidential election. The former vice president said that Trump has refused to listen to scientists on climate change and his environmental record has mostly been about eliminating rules on clean air and water and opening up public lands to drilling. Trump arrived in Jupiter by motorcade. He withdrew the US from the Paris Climate Accord, a global agreement meant to address the emission of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. He lifted restrictions on oil and gas exploration in sensitive areas and shortened environmental reviews of construction projects such as highways and pipelines. A second term would bring more cleanups of Superfund toxic waste dumps and restoration of polluted industrial sites, which drew renewed emphasis during Trump's first term, Wheeler said.

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