January 22, 2018

Florida's tourism industry saved from more offshore drilling

12 January 2018, 08:36 | Winifred Adams

Tom Williams via Getty Images Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke

It is not certain the exemption announced by Zinke will stand, added Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action.

"Had Zinke cared about the wishes of coastal communities or how drilling off their coasts will affect them", Jackalone added, "he would have proposed a plan that shrinks drilling even further, not proposed expanding operations to almost every corner of our waters". "He is a straightforward leader that can be trusted", Zinke said in a statement. We made a decision to measure whether Scott had shifted his position on our Flip-O-Meter.

The move left other states hanging and Democrats wondering if it had anything to do with Scott's possible run for Senate later this year. Bill Nelson on the floor of the Senate Wednesday. Today, he opposes an expansion.

"I don't want your kids ever to fight on foreign shores for a resource we have here", Zinke said.

Now, instead of a policy that's bad for the whole nation, we have a policy that's bad for the whole nation except, it appears, states dear to Trump. Six others are off California coast.

Still, investigations into the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and response show a failure on the industry's part to uphold those regulations and a failure on the government's behalf to enforce them.

An offshore drilling rig.

"I urge Secretary Zinke to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation's bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and remove this area for future planning purposes", Sen. "It doesn't make any sense".

"For more than 30 years, our shared coastline has been protected from further federal drilling and we'll do whatever it takes to stop this reckless, short-sighted action", California Gov. We rated his promise broken in 2013. Scott was initially mum.

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An Interior spokeswoman declined to comment Thursday.

Scott had objected to the proposal because drilling could imperil the state's reliance on tourism as an economic driver.

The Trump administration wants to open up the entire continental shelf on both coasts and the Gulf of Mexico to offshore oil drilling.

Kate Brown continued to call out the Trump administration on Wednesday for what she sees as a political ploy to remove Florida, but not other coastal states such as OR, from the recently revealed federal offshore oil drilling proposal.

"I'm appreciative that the secretary came to Tallahassee to sit down and talk about it and has committed that as a result of our interest in making sure there's no drilling here that Florida will be taken off the table", Scott said.

The issue is particularly thorny for Scott and Rooney, who have been very vocal about their support for President Trump. In a press release last week, he said oil and gas drilling would have vast financial benefits, providing "billions of dollars to fund the conservation of our coastlines, public lands and parks". Zinke said seismic testing still would be allowed, but no new drilling. Unless you are Florida, for some reason.

During his first campaign for governor in 2010, Scott called for drilling offshore.

"Or off the coast of the Carolinas, California, New Jersey - or any other coastal state, for that matter".

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