Big Oil is celebrating Donald Trump’s victory – because really, it’s their victory.
We’ve already seen Trump appoint an oil billionaire for Secretary of State, and he clear ties to Russia, which has deep interests in mining the Arctic for oil; but now, America’s public lands are under threat.
Trump has said he’d call for more oil drilling in our national parks, opening federal lands for energy development. Energy companies, industries lobbyists and others are hoping for new federal drilling and mining leases.
American lands have massive stores of oil, natural gas, coal and uranium – but underneath national parks and forests, wildlife refuges, and tribal lands.
Trump’s campaign promised to “unleash America’s $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, plus hundreds of years in clean coal reserves.” (There’s no such thing as “clean coal.”)
Trump also wants to privatize Native American reservations, which apparently are atop 20% of the nation’s oil, coal and gas reserves – worth nearly $1.5 trillion.
Needless to say, using all these natural energy reserves would lead to huge carbon releases, causing increased global warming and other climate change. It would also cause huge habitat destruction, loss of family homes, and of course pollution.
We’ve got to make sure we keep an eye on what the Trump administration wants to do and stand strong. Seems like “Drill, Baby, Drill” has returned.