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Rick Scott Helps to Ban Offshore Drilling in Florida

Asked why the Trump administration removed Florida from its offshore drilling states, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke replied, “The governor.”

By NTK Staff | 01.10.2018 @3:30pm
Rick Scott Helps to Ban Offshore Drilling in Florida

The Trump White House announced plans last week to expand offshore oil drilling along much of the U.S. coastlines. But Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that one state would be removed from that list: Florida.

Offshore drilling has been a hot potato issue in the state ever since the BP oil spill negatively impacted tourism along much of the Gulf Coast. Much of the Florida congressional delegation protested the idea of offshore drilling in Florida, as did the editorial board of the liberal Tampa Bay Times.

But it turns out it was someone else whose opinion mattered more to White House officials:

Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL), a strong Trump supporter during the 2016 presidential campaign, asked the president to reconsider offshore drilling when it comes to Florida, and the administration agreed.

That fact did not sit well with Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the vulnerable incumbent Democrat who could face off against Scott in the 2018 midterms, if the governor decides to jump in the race.

Still, that’s a tough political argument for Nelson to make. The ultimate outcome is all Florida residents and businesses will care about, and according to Zinke, it was Scott who got the job done:

“I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,” Mr. Zinke said in a statement after his meeting at Tallahassee International Airport. “As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”

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