The New Midas Touch — Everything He Touches Turns To Dung

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Everyone noticed when President Trump issued an order earlier this month banning offshore oil and gas drilling in certain areas until 2032.  It was obvious to everyone that this was a campaign stunt, intended to improve his changes in Florida and North Carolina.  Of course, pretty much no one wants drilling in these areas and the order wouldn’t have been necessary but for Trump’s prior declaration that he was going to open up those areas to drilling.

Vote for me!  I saved you from myself!

Now, the other shoe has dropped.  As reported by E&E news (subscription required), the ban also precludes offshore wind development in these areas until 2032.  The E&E story includes a quote from a BOEM spokesman confirming that the ban covers offshore wind as well as oil and gas drilling.

Everything he touches turns to s—.

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