As a first-term congressman, Zinke pushed to end the coal-lease moratorium, saying it had resulted in closed mines and job cuts, and he introduced a bill expanding tax credits for coal-burning power plants that bury carbon dioxide emissions underground.
President Obama acted boldly to conserve important ecological resources and solidify his environmental legacy. By making creative use of an obscure provision of a 1953 law, Obama has ignited a legal and political firestorm.
President Obama invoked a seldom-used provision in a 1953 law that allows him to prevent the sale of drilling rights in certain U.S. waters. Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton also used the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect specific areas of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans for a limited time
President Barack Obama has made fighting climate change and protecting the Arctic priorities in his administration. Donald Trump has vowed to open resources to petroleum development and could take steps to reverse the decision.