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The Environment

At this point in time, there can be little doubt that this America-hating, Putin fellating criminal will soon be facing life in prison for all of his criminal and treasonous crimes, but at this moment, it is little comfort to those of us who actually care about our oceans and the animals and mammals who inhabit them.

If this isn’t enough to turn your stomach then you too have sold our whatever remains of your pathetic soul to cheer for the Fat Orange Fuck. Shame on you.

The Trump administration is preparing to take an important step toward future oil and natural gas drilling off the Atlantic shore, approving five requests from companies to conduct deafening seismic tests that could harm tens of thousands of dolphins, whales and other marine animals.

The planned Friday announcement by the National Marine Fisheries Service, a division of the Commerce Department, to issue “incidental take” permits allowing companies to harm wildlife is likely to further antagonize a dozen governors in states along the Eastern Seaboard who strongly oppose the administration’s proposal to expand federal oil and gas leases to the Atlantic. Federal leases could lead to exploratory drilling for the first time in more than a half-century.

In addition to harming sea life, acoustic tests — in which boats tugging rods pressurized for sound emit jet engine-like booms 10 to 12 seconds apart for days and sometimes months — can disrupt thriving commercial fisheries. Governors, state lawmakers and attorneys general along the Atlantic coast say drilling threatens beach tourism that has flourished on the coast in the absence of oil production.

Read on, courtesy of the Washington Post. Photo thanks to The Rolling Stone.