FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama listens during a news conference in the Brady press briefing room at the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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Citing fears of a Donald Trump presidency, environmental groups are urging President Barack Obama to stay busy in his final weeks.The president also is considering designating more national monuments.Obama notes that several of his administration's actions have long been in the works -- subject to public comment and notice -- and are not a reaction to Trump's victory.Obama acknowledged that when the new president and Congress take charge, they will have the option of trying to undo some of the rules and regulations.Trump's plans have environmental groups encouraging Obama to go out swinging for the fences. The Sierra Club, for example, is encouraging supporters to sign a petition urging Obama to approve three new national monuments that have generated much tension in the states involved. The Sierra Club is also calling on Obama to permanently ban drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic.Industry groups have already filed suit to block Obama's regulations designed to reduce methane emissions, and other major regulations are currently tied up in court.
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