Gov. Inslee demands Trump administration not drill off Washington coast

Trump admin decides not to drill off Florida after Rick Scott lobbying

Like Florida, California and other coastal states "rely on our attractive coasts for tourism and our economy", Lieu said, adding that he believes courts will strike down the drilling plan.

ALLEN: Aliki Moncrief, with the environmental group Florida Conservation Voters, says Scott opposed a state constitutional amendment that would have banned drilling off the coasts.

For his part, Mr. Zinke defended the decision to exempt Florida by arguing that the administration always meant to consult with governors before making any final drilling decisions. That includes Georgia's roughly 100 miles of coastline.

The three Democratic governors of California, Oregon, and Washington issued a join statement following the release of the new plan, resoundingly opposing any drilling off their shores.

Sierra Weaver, a lawyer for the Southern Environmental Law Center, said Zinke's move was a breach of protocol that will put the Interior Department on shaky legal footing if the secretary doesn't treat other coastal states in the same way.

Members of Congress from both parties and both coasts have intensified their opposition to the Trump administration's plan to open nearly all of America's outer continental shelf to energy exploration.

The bureau also is proposing or has granted more than a dozen other wind-power leases and projects from ME to North Carolina.

"We believe America deserves a president who will protect our beaches from sea to shining sea, not just those who have a political pal who's in trouble in a Senate race in Florida", Inslee told host Wolf Blitzer, referring to Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

The Trump administration announced it had ruled out drilling for oil and gas offshore Florida because, Zinke said, "its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver".

The Interior Department said more than 800,000 comments from stakeholders have been received thus far, and the public will have additional opportunity to comment before the plan is finalized.

Scott tweeted a week ago that he'd asked for an immediate meeting with Zinke "to ensure that Florida's natural resources are protected, which is why I proposed $1.7 billion for the environment in this year's budget".

Yeah, totally unique. It's not like there's a thriving tourism business in coastal cities like Charleston or Savannah or Hilton Head.

Trump admin decides not to drill off Florida after Rick Scott lobbying
Gov. Rick Scott's Full Flop on oil drilling

Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman, whose beachside town was ravaged by storms previous year, joined the chorus of local officials who urged Deal to appeal to Trump's White House for an exemption.

Through all of those fights, the Trump administration has delivered federal aid to California where needed, as in the flooding and fires of 2017.

"Senator Nelson and anyone else who opposes oil drilling off Florida's coast should be happy the governor was able to secure this commitment". Horton, an attorney, lost a family member in the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010. The cost-benefit ratio calculation has been pushed away from drilling.

An oil platform sits in the distance at Refugio State Beach in California in 2015.

The state's top GOP officials in Washington indicated they were broadly supportive of moves to make the USA more independent from foreign oil producers, but some cautioned that outside factors such as local opinions, environmental impact and economic potential should be taken into consideration. Johnny Isakson said in an interview Wednesday. "It doesn't matter to me whether you're Republican or Democrat".

"The question is, is there anything out there?"

"We're certainly going to ask for that".

"Washington is home to the nation's largest shellfish industry, and its marine and coastal waters support robust fishing and shipping economic sectors, as well as a significant U.S. Navy presence supporting our national defense".

Gov. Brown and Attorney General Xavier Becerra have fought almost every single major Trump administration policy, and have held out California's liberal policies as an alternative model for America to follow.

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"Offshore development has undergone rapid technological innovation ensuring it is cheaper, safer, and provides access to previously out-of-reach areas", the Senate letter stated.

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