President Obama will reportedly issue an emergency order to protect huge swaths of the Atlantic and Arctic oceans from oil drilling before he leaves office. The initiative is designed to protect the environment and wildlife in those areas from the side effects of oil and natural gas drilling, which has done so much harm in the past, like in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon accident.
The orders are a direct challenge to Donald Trump, who has vowed to increase drilling despite the environmental damage. Trump and the Republican Party have received millions in donations from pro-drilling companies and organizations who stand to make billions from the practice.
Those interests have also spent millions to finance public relations campaigns to attack science on climate change and to bankroll other politicians to further their cause.