Obama’s drilling ban and his environmental legacy

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Guests: Andrew Revkin, Lisa Friedman

President Obama recently banned new offshore oil and gas drilling in parts of Arctic and Atlantic using his executive authority.  The White House says this protection is permanent but others argue that it could be overturned.  With only weeks left in his final term, Obama is trying to solidify his environmental legacy before Donald Trump enters office.  Trump has promised to dismantle many of Obama’s environmental protections and regulations.  This hour, we look at what the ban on drilling will mean for the environment, for industry, and the economy.  We’ll also talk about President Obama’s environmental accomplishments and the threat that Trump poses to them.  Marty’s guests are ANDREW REVKIN, senior reporter covering the environment at ProPublica, and LISA FRIEDMAN, editor of Climatewire.

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