The Trump administration has unveiled a proposal to permit oil and gas drilling in nearly all US waters. Environmentalists and many lawmakers, particularly in coastal US states, are sharply critical of the plan. For the oil industry, it’s a boon.
Discoveries of undersea gas in the Eastern Mediterranean, an area straddling Egyptian, Israeli, Lebanese and Cypriot waters, have reignited old debates about who will reap the rewards. The Palestinians have a claim too.
The Trump administration has announced plans to vastly expand offshore drilling. But state governors and conservationists have vowed to defend coastal communities and marine life.
As tensions between the US and Iran escalate, it appears Washington has backed down and Tehran is in control. The Iranian regime is using an unconventional military strategy to steer the Trump administration.
Lebanon's Hezbollah has escalated the Mediterranean race for offshore gas and oil, threatening Israel and saying America is "not an honest broker." At issue is Lebanon's offshore search, which is disputed by Israel.
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