Trump Administration Changes Tune, Says No Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast

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Zinke released a coinciding statement, saying the coast of Florida would be safe from offshore drilling and that the Trump administration cares about "local and state" voices. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms".

Zinke explained that Florida "is obviously unique" and its coasts "are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", managing to simultaneously insult other coastal states and show a stunning lack of knowledge about their economies and the environmental impact of drilling. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

He also pointed to the military's use of the coasts for training as reasons for the state's exemption from the proposal.

"The Trump Administration, through their decision on Florida, has admitted that offshore drilling is a threat to coastal economies and tourism", Cooper said in a statement after the Florida exemption was announced.

"I will never stop fighting for Florida's environment and our pristine coastline", Scott said Tuesday.

"The entire West Coast is outraged", Brown said.

"Senator Nelson ought to be happy". Marco Rubio has been quiet, though he has opposed part of another Interior proposal that would expand offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean off Florida's shores. But if it is dead set on such a policy, it should not arbitrarily grant some states' requests for exemptions while ignoring others'.

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"I'm gonna fight to make sure this is a place where our kids and our grandkids want to live", Scott added. Bill Nelson on the floor of the Senate Wednesday.

The American Petroleum Institute, the top oil and gas lobbying group, also questioned Zinke's action — but from the other direction. He and Sen. Mel Martinez fashioned a deal to ban drilling in the eastern Gulf until 2022. Half of it? 125 miles off the coast?

"I'm appalled that our president would move contrary to OR values, frankly contrary to West Coast values, and frankly these moves will be very damaging to our coastal economies - both the natural resources economy and the recreational and tourism economy", she told reporters. "Just because we may differ on issues from time to time doesn't mean that we can't have an incredibly strong and good relationship".

Like King and Collins, Maine's two representatives in the House have also opposed any plans to drill off the Maine coast.

"Everybody always talks about their next job if they're a politician".

"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".

The Trump administration will take public comment on its proposals from January 16 through March 9. If you'd like more information, click on this link.

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