This month, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced plans to open up much of the Coastal U.S.to petroleum exploration, only to reverse course when it came to Florida. Speaking at the board meeting January 8, Woodard encouraged the other board members to "look at this new plan".
Zinke traveled to Florida to meet with Scott, Interior Department spokeswoman Heather Swift said. "Taking Florida off the table for offshore drilling but not California violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action".
Scott said: "By removing Florida from consideration, we can now focus on how we can further protect our environment, including our proposal for record funding for the Everglades, our springs, our beaches and our state parks".
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.
"For eight years, the governor has been steadfastly opposed to drilling off the New Jersey coast", Christie's press secretary Brian Murphy said.
He said Georgia would have ample ammunition to make the case because of the "fragile nature of the Georgia coast and marshlands and possible negative impacts on jobs associated with tourism should there ever be an accident". "For Floridians, we are not drilling off the coast of Florida, and clearly the governor has expressed that it's important".
"It doesn't matter to me whether you're Republican or Democrat". "But there's places where resources are sensitive, and there's places where we're not going to go forward with [drilling for oil] and one of them is off the coast of Florida". "Oil spills and drilling infrastructure would be a bad legacy to leave our attractive coast and the communities and businesses that rely on oil-free beaches, marshes and ocean".
The governors of Delaware, North Carolina and SC on Tuesday were seeking meetings with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to press their case that drilling would pose significant risks to coastal tourism, while other state representatives issued sharply worded tweets. Even under the existing plan, the Trump administration has announced it will offer for lease in March "all available unleased areas on the Gulf's Outer Continental Shelf", some 77 million acres across the entire Gulf, including waters off the Florida coast that had previously been protected. "Bill Nelson, it looks like a political play to make Rick Scott look like some sort of a hero", Glickman said. "Zinke-Meeting-Request-1-11-18.pdf">meeting with Zinke, who earlier indicated he would meet with governors of the affected states.
"This insane plan from the Trump administration proves they are only listening to oil interests while threatening all North Carolina coastal communities with their dirty and risky business", Sturgill said.
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"We are outraged", she said.
Leaders from other coastal states jumped to shame Interior's decision, noting that Florida, considered an election "swing" state, is the home of Mar-A-Lago, one of Trump's golf resorts and a frequent getaway for the president.