A US federal appeals court dealt the final blow to former President Donald Trump’s attempt to open nearly 130 million acres of territory in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans to oil and gas drilling.

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Erik Grafe of Earthjustice, which represented a coalition of advocacy groups that challenged Trump’s order, said in a statement, “we welcome today’s decision and its confirmation of President Obama’s legacy of ocean and climate protection. As the Biden administration considers its next steps, it should build on these foundations, end fossil fuel leasing on public lands and waters, and embrace a clean energy future that does not come at the expense of wildlife and our natural heritage.”

At the time, Food & Water Watch policy director Mitch Jones said, “We call on President Biden to keep his promise: a full and complete ban on fracking and fossil fuel extraction on public lands. Full stop. The climate crisis requires it and he promised it.”

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