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Trump’s new proposal allows oil companies to grab all of US offshore waters

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed opening up nearly all of America’s offshore waters to oil and gas drilling, but the industry says it is mainly interested in one part of it, now cordoned off by the Pentagon: the eastern Gulf of Mexico. The industry’s focus on an area located near a sprawling network of existing platforms, pipes and ports could ease the path to new reserves, and assuage the drilling opponents near other places offered under the Interior Department’s proposed drilling plan…

U.S. warns North Korea of ‘overwhelming’ response if nuclear arms used

SEOUL: U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary warned North Korea on Friday of an "effective and overwhelming" response if it chose to use nuclear weapons, as he reassured South Korea of steadfast U.S. support. "Any attack on the United States, or our allies, will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons would be met with a response that would be effective and overwhelming," Defense Secretary James Mattis said at South Korea's defense ministry, at the end of a two-day visit. Mattis' remarks come amid concern…

Kerry ‘confident’ US climate trend cannot ‘be reversed’

MARRAKESH: A week after climate-change denier Donald Trump's election to the White House, US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he was "confident" Washington's climate commitments cannot be reversed "regardless of what policy may be chosen". The United States is on its way to meeting its targets under a global climate rescue pact, and "I do not believe that that can or will be reversed," he said to applause at a UN climate meeting in Marrakesh. Market forces, not politics, will dictate the world's energy…