Obama worked frantically during his last few months in office to ensure that the waters, mountains, and planes of America will be protected so that our children can enjoy them.
Most presidents take the closing months of their second term to reflect upon their legacy, kick up their feet, and start working on their memoirs. Political junkies refer to this awkward interim period as the “lame duck” session – but Obama’s stint as a “lame duck” president has been anything but lame and he isn’t ducking any issues.
Here are 6 amazing environmental moves he did while being president:
President Obama’s signing of the bill gave the Environmental Protection Agency an unmistakable mandate from Congress that it must continue to embrace 21st century science and transition away from outdated animal testing protocols, which are expensive, slow, and often non-predictive of the human circumstance.
2. Taking Action to Combat Wildlife Trafficking and the Commercial Ivory Trade
After President Obama visited Kenya, the U.S. launched a wildlife trafficking strategy that expands U.S. efforts to eliminate poaching, and ensures that we are a world leader in protecting wildlife. The Administration have announced an effort to create a near-total ban on the commercial trade of ivory, implemented the strongest environmental protections in an international trade deal in history, and worked with China to enact a similar commitment to ban ivory.
3. Saving Endangered Species Across the Country
Last September, the Administration announced the largest collaborative land conservation effort ever assembled, working with 11 Western states, local governments, farmers, ranchers and private industry to successfully protect habitat that supports the Greater Sage Grouse and many other species across the West. This administration has also protected more endangered species due to successful recovery efforts than any other Administration.
5. Denied Permits for Seismic Testing in the Atlantic Ocean
On January 6th, 2016, Obama rose the defense our nation’s oceans yet again and denied six permits requesting for the permission to fire seismic cannons into the Atlantic in search of oil. These various requests extended from Delaware to down Florida and his rejection of these permits has effectively put a ban on oil prospecting along the entirety of the eastern seaboard.
Not only would permitting the testing pose a threat to the ecosystem in terms of oil spills, but it also would subject countless marine animals to the disorienting sound caused by blasts. According to Oceana, “Airgun blasts harm whales, dolphins, sea turtles and fish. The types of impacts marine mammals may endure include temporary and permanent hearing loss, abandonment of habitat, disruption of mating and feeding, beach strandings and even death.” The ocean’s animals are protected from this for a bit longer thanks to President Obama.
protected from this for a bit longer thanks to President Obama.
President Obama focused Administration efforts to combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud through a Presidential Task Force that will mobilize domestic and international partnerships to detect and combat illegal fishing and seafood fraud.
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