no, trump’s new offshore-drilling rule won’t bring us ‘energy independence’

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an oil rig stands offshore from santa barbara, calif. (jonathan alcorn/bloomberg news)the trump administration presents the president’s executive order, the “america first offshore energy strategy,” issued friday, as a boon to american energy consumers. among other things, it directs the interior department to review and revise its five-year offshore drilling plan, making a first step toward opening parts of the arctic, pacific and atlantic oceans to oil and natural gas exploration and production. interior secretary ryan zinke says the order “puts us on track for american energy independence.” since his campaign, donald trump has claimed boosting oil and gas drilling offshore will foster energy independence and benefit the economy. in fact, more offshore drilling will do neither.natural gas is most often used for electricity generation. all of our electricity is produced already domestically, whether it’s from gas, coal, nuclear, solar, hydropower or wind. producing more gas just lowers the price and incentivizes utilities to favor natural gas over alternatives — both cleaner ones such as wind and solar, and trump’s beloved coal.even if you look at all energy usag......

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