In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling off the Atlantic Coast, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president's aggressive steps to combat climate change.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said the decision "protects the Atlantic for future generations." She said the administration had listened to thousands of people in coastal communities from Florida to New England who said, "Now is not the time to start leasing off the Atlantic Coast."
However, business groups and most Republicans criticized it as another example of what they call executive overreach.
Despite a surge in oil and...