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Opponents: Offshore Drilling Opens Pandora's Box for NC Coast

Opponents: Offshore Drilling Opens Pandora's Box for NC Coast

In furtherance of President Trump's misguided effort to ramp up domestic production of oil and gas, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced last week that almost all federal waters off the US coastline would be opened to drilling.

"Since 2010, Governor Scott has consistently said that we must ensure that Florida's beaches are protected and has made it clear that protecting the environment is his top priority", Scott spokeswoman Kerri Wyland said.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke now says Florida's Gulf and Atlantic coasts will be off-limits to drilling because the state is "obviously unique." .

The Florida Ocean Alliance estimates that coastal counties in the state drive 79% of its economy, with tourism and recreation accounting for the vast majority.

"As a result of our interest in making sure that there's no drilling here, Florida will be taken off the table, "Scott said January 9th, after meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke in Tallahassee".

Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida was among the early critics of the plan that is part of President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" focus, saying oil drilling threatened Florida's natural resources, an issue that has long had bipartisan support.

That is to say, of course, that Florida is not unique.

Environmentalist group Oceana said it hopes the White House hears complaints from other states - that might not have a GOP chief executive like Scott. "While the decision to remove Florida from offshore drilling is a good one, the Trump administration should drop its risky and foolhardy plan to drill around the U.S". "Because we all like to go out to our beaches and enjoy them", Scott said.

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"Securing reliable sources of energy helps fuel other industries like tourism, especially in states like Florida that relies on more than 200 million barrels of gasoline and diesel each year to fuel its economy".

API spokesman Reid Porter said the Trump administration "should follow the established process" for developing an offshore drilling program, including public comment.

Nelson, who has served in office since 2001, said the decision could benefit his future rival politically - a move he called pure politics, and nothing more. "No other developed nation limits its offshore drilling to the same extent". However, Zinke has granted Florida an exemption through 2024, according to the website.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the plan would open up 90 percent of the country's outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing, including an area off the coasts of OR and Washington.

The announcement also comes at a pivotal time for Scott, who is widely rumored to be contemplating a bid for U.S. Senate later this year.

"I'm going to fight to make sure this is a place our kids and our grandkids want to live", Scott said.

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. Zinke also announced the exemption on Twitter.

But Scott was an early Trump supporter.


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