EDITORIAL

Exploration before exploitation

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Science  16 Feb 2018:
Vol. 359, Issue 6377, pp. 719
DOI: 10.1126/science.aat2637

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The current U.S. administration has proposed to open up 90% of the U.S. continental shelf to oil and gas drilling as part of a new Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Draft Proposed Program. Although there is a clear need to move beyond fossil fuels for America's energy needs and energy security, there are also a number of immediate existential threats posed by an increase in offshore drilling.