by Thomas Hochman
Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason blocked the Trump administration’s year-long initiative to scale back Obama-era legislation protecting the Arctic from large-scale drilling operations. The decision upholds a ban on energy exploration in over 128 million acres of ocean off the Alaskan coast.
The decision comes amidst a slew of other recent court rulings against Trump’s environmental policies, including one barring his plans to begin drilling in many of western Colorado’s protected areas. The current administration’s attempted rollbacks of earlier conservation policies have now suffered over twenty setbacks in federal court.
While many of these decisions have been met with renewed appeals – appeals which, if they were to make it to the supreme court, would likely see anti-conservationist rulings – Trump’s moves to expand national fossil fuel production have been significantly hampered every step of the way.
It’s the small victories.
More to come soon – thanks for reading.