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States try to withdraw from offshore drilling

13 January 2018

If offshore oil drilling is a threat to the environment (and thus to tourism) in Florida, why is it magically not a threat in other states? Here's NPR's Greg Allen.

Zinke last week released a sweeping plan to open almost all waters off the nation's coastlines to oil and gas drilling, including a new lease sale off OR and Washington proposed for 2021. All four members of Maine's congressional delegation are opposed to offshore drilling near ME too.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke met with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and later said, "I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

Gov. Cooper requested a meeting or call with Secretary Zinke to explain the risks of seismic testing and drilling off of North Carolina's coast and demand an exemption for North Carolina like Florida received. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, who released statements Thursday asking Zinke to remove Washington's offshore waters from new oil and gas exploration.

One of our more regular letter writers, Nana Royer, expresses concern in a letter today, about an apparent stay of execution for Florida's Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico waters. She also noted that a decision about oil and gas drilling has not been finalized.

"Is it because the governor of Florida is a Republican and the Virginia governor and governor-elect are Democrats?"

"For someone to suggest that they're protecting Florida coast when they've done nothing to move away from risky fossil fuels - which is creating climate impacts like sea level rise, which threaten our coasts", Glckman said. But that statement surprised some environmentalists.

This proposal, which lifts a ban on offshore drilling in the United States placed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term as well as opens up leasing off the California coast for the first time since 1969, faces an uphill battle before it would result in actual leasing. It is unfortunate that the Trump administration has listened only to industry in opening the nation's coasts to oil instead of taking the long view and doing what is right for all of us.

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"What can I think otherwise?" They announced a plan to do just that last week.

And Florida is where Trump has a winter home in Palm Beach. Or it could invite a worse conclusion, that the Interior Department is primarily interested in protecting coastlines where the president owns vacation property, namely a coastal resort known as Mar-a-Lago. Nelson called Zinke's decision "a political stunt". Nelson spoke yesterday on the floor of the Senate.

The request comes two days after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke granted an exemption to the state of Florida after a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott.

"New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either". "Where do we sign up for a waiver?"

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has also asked Trump to exempt his state.

"We can not afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline in South Carolina", McMaster said.

The only coastal governor - Democrat or Republican - seemingly supportive of the plan is Republican Gov. Paul LePage of ME, whose spokeswoman told CNN on Wednesday that while he has not reviewed all the details of the Interior plan, he "generally supports efforts to make good use of our indigenous resources and improve the United States' energy independence and security".

States try to withdraw from offshore drilling