Why did Trump grant only one governor's wish on drilling?

Why did Trump grant only one governor's wish on drilling?

President Donald Trump's administration has proposed opening up almost all of America's offshore waters to oil and gas drilling. Here's NPR's Greg Allen.

Governor Roy Cooper is asking the Trump administration to exempt North Carolina from a plan to open more coastal waters to offshore oil drilling.

Elected officials from Florida to ME oppose opening up our oceans to the dangers of oil and gas drilling, yet here we see the Administration ignoring those concerns and proposing another massive give-away to the oil and gas industry. Florida's Republican governor, Rick Scott, included himself in the opposition and said he'd seek an immediate meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to discuss his concerns.

"I don't want your kids ever to fight on foreign shores for a resource we have here", said Zinke after the meeting with Scott. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms". "And one of them is off the coast of Florida". She also noted that a decision about oil and gas drilling has not been finalized. Because of the importance of pristine beaches to the state's tourist economy, Democrats and Republicans alike have mostly opposed offshore drilling.

"It was the perception of visitors thinking the entire gulf coast was ruined, that we saw a dramatic decrease in our revenues that summer and it had a ripple effect through the entire economy", he said. But that statement surprised some environmentalists. Timothy Considine, an energy economist, reported in 2015 that oil and gas drilling off Georgia's coast could create as many as 6,500 jobs and add $250 million annually to state coffers by 2035. Scott was part of a bipartisan group blasting the plan, which would have scrapped the existing moratorium on drilling, which is set to expire in 2022.

"I think it's a possibility that there's a way that it could be done that was judicious and made sense, but you've got to make sure the environment, the investment that Georgia has already made ... are protected".

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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. Or is it about President Trump wanting to protect Mar-a-Lago?

Fearing for his own political future in a divided congressional district, Representative Lee Zeldin, an early Trump supporter, quickly distanced himself from the offshore oil decision after it was announced. Nelson spoke yesterday on the floor of the Senate.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted: "New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either". "Where do we sign up for a waiver?"

"The governor has made it extremely clear that he opposes this kind of exploration off our coastline and that will never change", Hogan spokeswoman Amelia Chasse said Wednesday."The administration will continue making the case to the federal government that Maryland's bays and beaches are vital to the health and economy of our state and region".

HENRY MCMASTER: We can not afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline in SC.

The decision by Trump administration to exclude Florida from enlarged offshore drilling put in motion a delirium in other coastal states with governors from both political parties entreating- why not us?

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