NC, SC Governors Want States Exempt From Offshore Drilling Expansion

NC, SC Governors Want States Exempt From Offshore Drilling Expansion

Zinke made the announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, citing a meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott as a motivating factor in the decision.

"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", Zinke said in a statement. "It's more important than ever that we send a strong statement that California will not be open for drilling along our coast, which could devastate our multi-trillion dollar coastal economy, our coastal waters and marine life".

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, tweeted his support for Scott and Florida's congressional delegation Tuesday and their opposition to drilling. "Where do we sign up for a waiver @SecretaryZinke?". I'll try again: "Not Off Our Coast - RC". "The guarantee that drilling off the Florida coast will not happen during President Trump's tenure is a tremendous victory for Florida and for its people".

"President Trump's offshore drilling plan is unprecedented and will face major opposition from Mainers at its first public hearing on January 22", First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, said in a statement.

The governor, speaking to reporters Wednesday, said the state can not take a chance in risking "the view, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline".

Among those governors were Republicans: Larry Hogan of Maryland, Henry McMaster of SC and Charles Baker of MA. The federal government has jurisdiction beyond that point.

Also, operatives in Washington all know that in November 2016, Florida became one of a few close key states that gave Trump his Electoral College victory.

Brown said the OR coast generated $2 billion in revenue through tourism and other industries past year. Other Republicans in the Sunshine State stood in opposition to the administration's plan.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California said on Twitter that his state, "like Florida, has hundreds of miles of handsome coastline and a governor who wants to keep it that way".

The sudden reversal Tuesday by the Department of Interior to drop Florida from a draft proposal to expand US offshore drilling sparked criticism from other coastal state leaders also opposed.

We're also suspicious the Trump administration's accommodation of Scott's views might have more to do with politics than environmental concerns. Florida is also a crucial swing state and home to President Trump's Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.

Republican governors in other coastal states including New Hampshire and MA have previously come out against the new drilling plan. On Wednesday, Republican state Sen. For the moment, the administration sends a very loud message that Florida is worth special consideration. "And I can tell you Florida is well served".

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says Virginia's governor and governor-elect have both asked for an exemption, unsuccessfully. "So I think the process is working out how it should be".

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