Trump Plan For Atlantic Coast Drilling Could Shake Up 2018 Elections

"The Trump administration’s proposal to allow offshore oil and natural-gas drilling in federal waters off the Atlantic Coast could make 2018 an even tougher election year for Republicans in coastal states.

The long-awaited plan would reverse an Obama-era prohibition on offshore energy exploration and make good on a campaign promise by President Donald Trump to boost U.S. energy production. That much Republicans can cheer.

But the plan will also force a number of anxious, regional Republican candidates — already unsettled by predictions of a Democratic wave in the midterm elections — to either side with an unpopular president’s industry-friendly proposal, or join coastal residents, businesses and environmental groups in opposing it."

Tony Pugh And Emma Dumain report for McClatchy January 4, 2018.


"Republican Opposition To Offshore Drilling" (NPR)

"New Hampshire's GOP Governor Opposes Trump's Offshore Drilling Expansion" (The Hill)

"Collins Comes Out Against Trump Expansion Of Offshore Drilling" (The Hill)

Source: McClatchy, 01/08/2018