DENVER, the United States, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Trump administration's announcement that it would open up millions of acres of America's offshore waters for oil and gas drilling was met with incredulity as the news went viral Friday.
"AIN'T. GONNA. HAPPEN"
By Sunday, experts were dismissing the brash president's plans as untenable and ridiculous.
"Oil drilling off America's West Coast is simply dead in the water...pardon the pun," said Seattle policy analyst David Richardson.
"This is a clear case of our fake president generating fake news that will end up going nowhere," Richardson told Xinhua Saturday.
America's 45th president, unafraid to generate controversy and take on opponents, this time has taken on 23 U.S. states that border ocean or gulf waters. Thus far, none say they want more drilling off their shores.
And America's three western states that border the Pacific Ocean and represent 1,293 miles of coastline (2,080 km) are mounting resistance that may stop Trump offshore drilling plans, and could represent the biggest re-election pothole for the embattled president.
"We'll do whatever it takes to stop this reckless, short-sighted action," said a statement signed by the governors of California, Oregon, and Washington.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, considered a top candidate for this year's governor election, tweeted Thursday: "Hey @realDonaldTrump, I've got a message for you from California: Ain't. Gonna. Happen."