SC Gov. Henry McMaster 'opposed' to drilling off coast

In stark reversal, Trump administration removes Florida from offshore drilling targets

Citing a "heavy reliance on tourism", Florida won't be included under the Trump administration's plan to expand offshore drilling across most us coastal waters. Last week, Secretary Zinke announced a proposed plan he called the 'largest number of lease sales ever proposed.' It would expand opportunities in every coastal state.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) also questioned whether the administration's motivations could be colored by Trump's real estate interests.

"For someone to suggest that they're protecting Florida coast when they've done nothing to move away from unsafe fossil fuels - which is creating climate impacts like sea level rise, which threaten our coasts", Glckman said.

If this unsafe offshore plan moves ahead, we can expect decades of more catastrophic oil spills, hurricanes, floods, droughts and wildfires.

FILE PHOTO: An offshore oil platform is seen in Huntington Beach, California, U.S. September 28, 2014. The sooner fossil fuels are a thing of the past, the better in their view. And much of this Carbon dioxide would be reabsorbed into seawater, increasing ocean acidification. "Just like with mining, not all areas are appropriate for offshore drilling, and we will take that into consideration in the coming weeks".

Last week, the Trump administration revealed a proposal that would open up previously protected areas to offshore drilling for oil. A source with knowledge of the matter said Cooper was also trying to arrange a meeting with Zinke.

Gov. -elect Ralph Northam asked Thursday that Virginia be exempt from the Trump administration's plan to open nearly all of America's offshore waters to drilling. The administration is widely expected to give industry exactly what it wants - a relaxation of many of these drilling safeguards. The next Deepwater Horizon disaster now seems virtually inevitable.

"The Secretary's announcement has not eliminated the need for a comprehensive dialogue about America's long-term offshore energy promise".

Or are they subject to potentially hazardous oil and gas drilling off their shores because the Secretary of the Interior hasn't personally worked with them? The five-year plan announced during the final days of the Obama administration offered a small selection of leases in parts of the Gulf of Mexico and the West Coast, but left the Atlantic, Pacific and the eastern Gulf of Mexico off the table. This was years before a federal agency under Trump was accused of barring similar language. Now many are wondering why just Florida was given a pass.

"It's blatantly obvious that Governor Rick Scott and the Trump administration are colluding to earn political points in an election year", said Jorge Aguilar, southern region director of Food & Water Watch. "Gambling with New Jersey's economy is a needless risk whose only beneficiaries are big oil companies".

The Trump administration has given Florida a tourism exemption from the controversial plan to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas. Major spills will occur, they cannot be cleaned up, they can cause long-term environmental damage, and ecological restoration is impossible. Rick Scott held a private meeting Tuesday afternoon. "We have to get it right, look at the geology, look at the science". In the Northeast, there is the real fear of oil spills behind the arguments against Trump's plan to tap all the domestic oil and gas it can in pursuit of US dominance in the global energy markets. Our ancestors invented a smarter way to live.

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