Local leaders react to Trump's offshore drilling plans

Local leaders react to Trump's offshore drilling plans

This story originally aired on January 11, 2018.

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up almost all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. Rick Scott (R) a "straightforward leader that can be trusted", and noting that "Florida is unique and its coasts are highly reliant on tourism as an economic driver", Zinke said that he would be removing Florida waters from consideration for new oil and gas platforms.

In a statement, Zinke said he has "witnessed Governor Scott's leadership through hurricane season and am working closely with him on Everglades restoration".

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke unveiled a proposal last week that would be the largest expansion of offshore oil drilling in U.S. history and open up previously protected areas. Nelson, a longtime opponent of drilling.

A Scott campaign spokeswoman told PolitiFact Florida in May 2010 that his campaign had initially posted his position before the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April and later updated it to add the phrase about the environment and safety standards.

Zinke on Tuesday granted Florida an exemption through 2024. He said the coast here relies on tourism too, and offshore drilling poses too much of a risk to our coast.

"Not only am I appalled, I have recoiled at this political game".

Nelson, expected to face a re-election challenge this year from Scott, said he sent Zinke a letter Wednesday raising numerous questions, including just what exactly is off the table.

"Well, what exactly does "off the table" mean?"

But Gaetz softened his description of Ryan's commitment later in the day, saying the speaker promised that "in a must-pass bill, we would preserve the moratorium that protects the eastern Gulf of Mexico". "For Floridians, we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, and clearly the governor has expressed that it's important".

In that same speech, Nelson also announced that he has filed new legislation to implement a permanent ban on drilling off of Florida's coast. More flippantly, the filmmaker Michael Moore had already threatened to launch a "monster" fracking operation off the coast of Mar-a-Lago, the site of Donald Trump's Florida resort.

The congressman urged the administration to revoke its sweeping offshore drilling plan. But legal experts are pointing out another major flaw in Zinke's hasty exemption: it's likely illegal. Because Florida is a key swing state and offshore drilling is very unpopular there, perhaps?

"Senator Nelson ought to be happy".

He said that it was he and former Sen. "He has consistently been opposed to it". This is going to be at least a year with public comment. Why should Scott's be the only one heeded?

"If 1 out of 6 of jobs in Florida are in tourism, what does that do?" she said.

"Rick Scott's latest lie is nothing more than a shameless attempt to whitewash history to further his personal political ambition", said American Bridge spokesperson Joshua Karp in a press release Wednesday.

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. I don't believe it. The plan was immediately met with bipartisan opposition on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. But Zinke has not ruled out any other area at this time.

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