After announcing plans to open 90 percent of U.S. coastal waters to oil and gas drilling, the Trump administration has changed its mind—about Florida. “As a result of discussion with Governor [Scott] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms,” U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke tweeted. The change came in response to the Republican governor’s concerns that new development would hurt the state’s tourism industry. “Oh?” collectively wondered the governors of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington and millions of citizens, who also oppose President Trump’s offshore drilling plans and who also have thriving coastal industries. Unfortunately, for those governors, unlike Rick Scott, their states are not home to the “Winter White House.”
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The Interior Secretary released a new five-year plan opening up 90 percent of federal waters to offshore oil and gas drilling.
Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
Eight years after the BP disaster in the Gulf, the administration aims to relax the rules designed to prevent catastrophic explosions and spills.
NRDC in ActionAlaska, Florida, California, Washington, United StatesMelissa Denchak
NRDC played a key role in banning offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic. Once again, it’s fighting to protect those oceans—and the rest of America’s waters.
Expert BlogAlexandra Adams, Franz Matzner
The communities, people and businesses that rely on healthy coasts will defend their way of life against the federal government’s shameful readiness to put oil industry profits over people yet again.