Arnold Schwarzenegger Just Called Donald Trump Out on His Plan to Expand Offshore Drilling and We're Cheering
At the beginning of the year, the Trump administration announced an expansion of offshore drilling encompassing nearly all of the United States coastline. The move came after the administration proposed rolling back offshore drilling safety regulations.
Within days, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an exemption for Florida because of its "unique" economic dependence on its shores. States also dependent on coastal industries shared their outrage and noted that President Trump's lucrative Mar-a-Lago resort profits from that Florida coastline.
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 the latest of a spree of anti-regulatory repeals of Obama era legislation, President Donald Trump and his administration are preparing to roll back offshore drilling rules put in place after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Bloomberg reports. The 2010 explosion of an oil drilling rig owned by British Petroleum (BP) in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers and spilled millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.
Back in April, Trump ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the safety rules signed into law by President Obama, which sought to curb accidents and pollution by oil and gas drillers operating in United States waters. Fast forward to the Department of the Interior, which includes the National Park Service as well as Fish and Wildlife, proposing on Thursday several changes to those regulations.
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