Trump Exempts Florida From Offshore Drilling To Protect Mar-a-Lago. NY Gov. Response Is Perfect
Last week, the Trump administration announced a massive expansion of offshore oil and natural gas drilling off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, including areas off the coasts of Maine, California, Florida and Alaska.
On Tuesday, however, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced that the White House wouldn’t allow offshore drilling in waters near Florida “after meeting with Gov. Rick Scott (R) to discuss the governor’s objections to the plan.”
“Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Zinke said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“As a result of discussion with Gov. Scott’s [sic] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”
It’s worth noting that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort is on the coast of Florida and would be affected by offshore drilling.
Following Zinke’s removal of Florida from the plan, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) called on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to also remove New York.
“New York doesn’t want drilling off our coast either,” Cuomo tweeted. “Where do we sign up for a waiver @SecretaryZinke?”
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 10, 2018
But New York is not the only state demanding to be removed. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D) also called on the Interior chief to “immediately” remove California from the policy.
Other governors of coastal states, including Virginia, have made similar requests to be removed from the plan.