Florida Exempted from Offshore Drilling

Secretary Zinke Announces Plan For Unleashing America's Offshore Oil and Gas Potential | U.S. Department of the

While Southwest Florida was largely spared the worst of the environmental damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon spill of 2010, thousands of tourists avoided the Gulf that year, tourism officials have said. "As a result of today's discussion and Governor Scott's leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms". Refusing to keep protections in place for other states, who make exactly the same arguments as Scott, is going to be very hard for Zinke.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat in a state that went to Trump in the 2016 race, said he wanted to meet with the president himself to explain how offshore drilling would threaten the state economy. "Bill Nelson, it looks like a political play to make Rick Scott look like some sort of a hero", Glickman said.

Environmentalist group Oceana said it hopes the White House hears complaints from other states - that might not have a GOP chief executive like Scott.

Following the Trump Administration's decision to open the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts to offshore drilling, bipartisan governors of coastal states have spoken out in opposition. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

"He is a straightforward leader that can be trusted", Zinke said.

Following Zinke's announcement on Tuesday night, numerous governors, representatives, and attorneys general from states included in the proposed five-year plan argued that offshore drilling would negatively impact their coastlines and tourism industries.

In April, Trump, echoing the sentiments of the oil companies blocked from drilling on roughly 94 percent of the outer continental shelf, said Obama's ban "deprives our country of potentially thousands and thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in wealth".

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The governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, California, Oregon and Washington all have opposed offshore drilling plans.

Zinke announced on January 4 parts of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic waters, were part of a draft proposal consisting of 47 new leases to expand offshore oil drilling expeditions.

Well, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a Republican.

The move to exempt Florida form the new drilling plan came Tuesday. "Our 'local and state voice" is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling.

Zinke cited Florida's tourism industry as reason for the removal.

"I'm not aware of any political favor that that (Florida exemption) would have been part of, so, no", Sanders said.

Early on Wednesday, Newsom punched out a couple of tweets directed at Zinke that appeared to highlight that the Interior Secretary is a flaming partisan hypocrite hell-bent on fulfilling the Trump mandate to punish blue states, regardless of the appearance of flaming partisan hypocrisy.

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