Barely a week has passed since the Trump administration announced a controversial expansion of offshore drilling in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans essentially encompassing the entire U.S. coastline. But Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke already altered the plan saying the Trump administration grants an exception for the state of Florida.
After a reported brief meeting between Zinke and Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott at the Tallahasee airport, Zinke amended the expansion with oil-drilling in the Atlantic Ocean off Florida and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico “off the table.”
In a statement, Zinke said:
I have witnessed Governor Scott’s leadership through hurricane season and am working closely with him on Everglades restoration. He is a straightforward leader that can be trusted. President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy and also takes into consideration the local and state voice. I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor Scott’s [sic] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”
Zinke revealed no plans to meet with governors of other coastal states to hear their concerns, or whether Interior officials had consulted with Governor Scott before the announcement last week.
But is that meeting really the reason for exempting Florida? Some people don’t think so.
SO YOU ARE EXEMPTING THE STATE THAT IS HOME TO THE FESTERING CANKEROUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT THE ADMINISTRATION LIKES TO CALL THE “WINTER WHITE HOUSE” AND NONE OF THE OTHER AFFECTED STATES??????? GO LOOK UP “BANANA REPUBLIC” THEN GO FLY A ZINKE FLAG TO CELEBRATE MAKING US ONE
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) January 10, 2018
And Michael Moore presented another theory.
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