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Even though President Trump hasn't yet signed as many executive orders as his predecessor, the oval office has been hard at work rescinding the Obama-era's harmful policy. Trump's <a href="https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-regarding-ocean-policy-advance-economic-security-environmental-interests-united-states/">latest executive order</a> reversed a policy implemented by Obama that allows the U.S. oceans, coastlines, and Great Lakes waters to be drilled.
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The executive order now allows the country to benefit from more energy production, fishing, and greater national security. An excerpt from the executive order says it is "foundational to the economy, security, global competitiveness, and well-being of the United States." The order goes on to say, "Ocean industries employ millions of Americans and support a strong national economy. Domestic energy production from Federal waters strengthens the Nation’s security and reduces reliance on imported energy."
"Goods and materials that support our economy and quality of life flow through maritime commerce. Our fisheries resources help feed the Nation and present tremendous export opportunities. Clean, healthy waters support fishing, boating, and other recreational opportunities for all Americans."
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">While I closely watch Trump's EOs on energy/climate/enviro issues, I am no oceans expert. <a href="https://twitter.com/sciencemagazine?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sciencemagazine</a> wrote this worthwhile post on tonight's order: "Marine conservation and addressing climate change are out. Jobs and national security are in."<a href="https://t.co/VyI4uX2oXp">https://t.co/VyI4uX2oXp</a></p>— Benjamin J. Hulac (@benhulac) <a href="https://twitter.com/benhulac/status/1009285678725771264?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Trump's executive order reverses one of Obama's own executive orders signed in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in 2010 which was another poorly researched and emotionally driven response by the former president much like his executive order making it illegal to bring back elephant trophies from Africa. Obama reacted emotionally without fully understanding the ramifications of his policy or researching the situation in Africa after the outrage over Cecil the lion being killed.
Since Obama made taking elephant trophies back to America illegal, big game companies that ran giant wildlife conversations to keep animals protected have gone out of business. It was the thousands of dollars paid by hunters for a single hunt which funded security operations to prevent poachers from poaching species to extinction. When the business stopped coming, the big game conservation hunting companies went out of business reopening the door for poachers to hunt the animals to extinction. What people don't understand is that the big game hunting industry was vital to the preservation of species in Africa.
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The animals hold no value to the local people other than for food or black market sales. Plus, many of the former poachers who become security and guides for the big game operations lost their jobs and were forced to go back to poaching. Professional athlete and bowhunter Cameron Hanes breaks down exactly why Obama's policy on elephant trophies has done more harm than good. The point is, while media outlets are busy condemning Trump for reversing Obama-era policy, the fact is that Obama enacted numerous policies based on emotion and not from an informed position. So before you condemn Trump's latest reversal, do some research for yourself and see exactly what the facts are.
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