Nelson: Is Florida fully 'off the table' for offshore drilling?

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The Trump administration has chose to exclude Florida's coastline from the recently announced offshore oil and gas drilling program.

"Such a quick reversal begs the question: Will the Trump administration give equal consideration to all the other coastal Governors from both parties who overwhelmingly reject this radical offshore drilling plan?" said Oceana campaign director Diane Hoskins in a statement. Offshore drilling is a lose-lose proposition, and the entire proposed 5-year offshore oil lease plan should be withdrawn.

In addition to Florida's Scott, the Republican governors of South Carolina, Maryland, New Hampshire and New Jersey are all against opening the Atlantic to drilling, too, as are the Democratic governors of North Carolina, Delaware and Virginia. Zinke's late-night tweet, especially since he's leaving other states that have opposed offshore drilling in the plan, certainly seems arbitrary.

"The announcement by the secretary that he is considering limiting areas offshore Florida is disappointing and premature", said Randall Luthi, head of the National Ocean Industries Association - and a former drilling regulator who helped assemble government leasing plans.

It might surprise Zinke to learn that California has a lovely and unique coast too - one that is the foundation of an $18-billion coastal tourism industry, according to a five-year-old federal study. He added "working coasts" like Louisiana are "very much different than a recreation-centric coast that's in Florida" and will still be subject to drilling.

"I don't know, maybe I have to buy Donald Trump a golf course in Washington or something to get him to protect us", Inslee said. "But there's places where resources are sensitive, and there's places where we're not going to go forward with [drilling for oil] and one of them is off the coast of Florida".

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Harris said the resort's opposition to offshore wind turbines was based upon the towers' visibility, and thought the same mechanism would apply to offshore oil drilling. The Washington Post had reported in 2017 Trump's desire for LePage to run against King this year.

But taking Florida off the table sparked even more backlash from almost all other coastal states along the Pacific and the Atlantic, with governors and representatives demanding the states they represent be exempt, too. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

Say this for the Trump administration - sometimes they put their self-servedness right out there for all of the American people to see.

"The secretary has said since day one that he is interested in the local voice", she said.

The possibility of drilling causing a spill despoiling the Atlantic Coast or otherwise ruining New Jersey's tourism and fishing industries has always been a third rail of Garden State politics, uniting Democrats and Republicans alike. In the Northeast, there is the real fear of oil spills behind the arguments against Trump's plan to tap all the domestic oil and gas it can in pursuit of USA dominance in the global energy markets.

"You have Florida, which obviously has incredibly electoral college consequences in presidential contests, all of a sudden being exempted in a way that other states might not be that are a little smaller in population count", Sanford told CNN. "Bill Nelson, it looks like a political play to make Rick Scott look like some sort of a hero", Glickman said.

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