Local leaders react to Trump's offshore drilling plans


During a visit to Manatee Technical College Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott praised the reversal of plans for offshore drilling in Florida. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott's (sic) and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms". Florida is also a crucial swing state and home to President Trump's Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.

That is because Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, opposed the decision and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke quickly reversed it for Florida.

"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.

American Bridge offers a report detailing Scott's evolving position; the video, meanwhile, quotes Scott saying that "offshore drilling is an option; I believe in it". "The Trump Administration's reckless decision to open these waters to further oil development represents a step backward into the outdated, dirty and destructive energy policies of the past", Jackson said in a statement. It is something that will affect every coastal state, with the exception of Florida.

The Collier County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday in support of Congressman Francis Rooney's efforts to stop a proposal to expand oil drilling off the coast of Florida. Zinke said other coastal states, like Louisiana, are "working coasts" that are "very much different than a recreation-centric coast that's in Florida".

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When running for governor for the first time, in 2010 - not long after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill - the millionaire business-turned-politician said he supported offshore oil drilling "with the right precautions", a meaningless caveat, because what politician would ever want unsafe drilling?

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"I've got pictures in my office of what the coast looks like with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas and all of those oil wells all over".

Environmental groups also questioned Zinke's motivations.

Republican governors including Maryland's Larry Hogan and South Carolina's Henry McMaster have balked at offshore drilling, while the practice is anathema in Democratic-leaning California and northeastern states.

The letter follows Northam's previous statement condemning the Trump administration's drilling proposal.

"How, after this statement, do you justify extending the program to other states where the governors object, which is a lot of them?"

Democrats from coastal states accuse Zinke and Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders while rewarding Republicans.

Mark Sanford suggested that a sudden exemption for Florida from President Donald Trump's new offshore drilling plan may have to do with the president's own business.