Tucked away in the questionable math and egregious accounting tricks that make up President Trump’s first budget proposal is a provision that underscores a troubling trend for this administration — selling out public lands to the oil and gas industry.
Trump’s budget proposes opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling in order to generate a speculative $1.8 billion for the general treasury. This was a bad idea in the 1980s and ’90s, and it’s a bad idea now.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Hill.
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