In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling off America's Atlantic Coast, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to combat climate change.
The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor.
It's a goal that's been pushed by a lot of presidents and presidential candidates before him, but Mitt Romney says he has a plan that would make the United States energy-independent by the year 2020 -- along with Canada and Mexico.
Federal officials are moving ahead with a plan to look for oil and gas reserves in the Atlantic Ocean along the East coast - announcing they will conduct a preliminary offshore environmental impact study.
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