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Trump’s Offshore Oil Ban to Halt Coastal Wind Farms Too

  • Leasing ruled out in waters off Florida, Georgia and Carolinas
  • Move imperils construction of wind farms along southeast U.S.
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Photographer: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s decision to rule out energy development along the coasts of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas will bar not just offshore oil and gas drilling -- but coastal wind farms too.

The broad reach of Trump’s recent orders, which was confirmed by the Interior Department agency that oversees offshore energy development, comes as renewable developers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars snapping up the rights to build wind farms along the U.S. East Coast.