Trump Exempts Florida from Offshore Drilling

Trump admin decides not to drill off Florida after Rick Scott lobbying

Coastal states to Trump: why is Florida exempt from drilling and not us?

Opposition by coastal states, both East and West, had already been strong, even before Secretary Zinke said on Tuesday that he supports Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott's position that "Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

One of the most outspoken opponents, Florida's Scott - a vocal Trump backer who is seen as a possible top recruit for the state's U.S. Senate race later this year - won a reprieve from the order this week. A proposed leasing plan unveiled last week aims to open up all US coasts to drillers over the next five years. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee - the three West Coast governors, all Democrats - said in a statement. Fla., said in a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

California's state government has opposed offshore drilling for almost 50 years, despite the presence of lucrative fossil fuel deposits, following an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969. In other words, more than a quick meeting with a favorite governor.

In announcing the exemption for Florida on Tuesday, Zinke called Scott "a straightforward leader that can be trusted". Also discomfiting is the question of how much Mr. Trump's ownership of Florida beachfront property factored into the decision. Trump spent his Christmas and New Year's break at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

"Tourism and recreation along the DE coastline account for billions in economic activity each year, and support tens of thousands of jobs", Governor John Carney of DE, a Democrat, said in a Twitter post Wednesday morning.

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If that's the reason Florida was removed from the offshore oil plan, the action is contrary to how such important decisions should be made.

Trump is "exempting the state that is home to the festering cankerous conflict of interest that the administration likes to call the "Winter White House" and none of the other affected states", Shaub tweeted.

However, only Scott was able to get results from his immediate opposition.

But within the lease sale area off the Washington and OR coasts, the estimated recoverable oil reserves are a modest 400 million barrels of crude, according to an Interior Department document released last week. This isn't about politics.

"For someone to suggest that they're protecting Florida coast when they've done nothing to move away from risky fossil fuels - which is creating climate impacts like sea level rise, which threaten our coasts", Glckman said.

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"While we support offshore wind farms off our coast that are far enough out to sea as to not present aesthetic impacts, we do not support including Long Island under the purported "Draft Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, '" LIA chief Kevin Law and DLI chief Kristen Jarnagin, wrote".

"New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either", tweeted New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Deep-sea oil drilling off nearly all coastlines in the United States, both on the Atlantic and Pacific sides, are being given the green light by the Trump administration.

Zinke, in a meeting with the press, said his plan would put "more than 98 percent of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas resources in federal offshore areas available to consider for future exploration and development".

Industry groups praised the announcement, while environmental groups denounced the plan, saying it would impose "severe and unacceptable harm" to America's oceans, coastal economies, public health and marine life.

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