Fla. Gov. Rick Scott: Trump Should Retract Profane Remarks

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

Initially the Interior Department moved to allow offshore oil and gas drilling in almost all of the United States' coastal waters, but then announced it has dropped plans to open up the waters off the coast of Florida, following fierce opposition by Florida's Republican Governor Rick Scott.

In a letter sent to Secretary Zinke, Merkley and Wyden, along with 20 of their colleagues, requested that OR and other affected states be given the same treatment that the Trump Administration gave Florida and be immediately exempted from any new offshore oil OR gas leases.

"I grew up on Virginia's Eastern Shore and can tell you firsthand that the Chesapeake Bay and the Commonwealth's ocean and coastal resources are every bit as ecologically and economically valuable as those of Florida, a state that was recently exempted from the leasing plan", Northam wrote in a letter to Zinke. "Offshore drilling holds the same risks for North Carolina as it does for Florida and North Carolina deserves the same exemption". "The decision is the decision, but in my personal opinion, all waters in the outer continental shelf, both deep water and shallow, should be subject to drilling". "I am appalled and disgusted that the man who stands as the symbol of a nation once offering refuge and sanctuary to all immigrants is doing his best to say: 'non-whites need not apply.' Governor Scott needs to denounce these remarks immediately on behalf of the people of Florida".

Some analysts see the Florida case as politically motivated, but whatever the reasons, the governors of Oregon, Washington, New York, Virginia, and nearly all others except for Alaska and ME, demanded that their states be exempt, too.

The draft drilling proposal was submitted last week. Fla., said in a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. "We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of FL". The city of Charleston and other coastal areas in the Palmetto State might sue the government if any permits are issued for oil and gas exploration off South Carolina's coast, The Post and Courier newspaper.

"By proposing to open up almost the entire shelf for potential oil and gas exploration, the United States can advance the goal of moving from aspiring for energy independence to attaining energy dominance", Vincent DeVito, Counselor for Energy Policy at Interior, said.

The final program for lease sales is years away.

If the proposed plan is approved, it will be in effect from 2019 to 2024, and will replace the current program, which was set to run through 2022.

Scott said he wanted communities in coastal parts of his state "engaged more in the process" before proceeding.

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