OR governor says Zinke considering exempting state from offshore drilling plan

OR governor says Zinke considering exempting state from offshore drilling plan

For his part, Zinke defended the decision to exempt Florida by arguing that the administration always meant to consult with governors before making any final drilling decisions. "If that's your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list".

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course under pressure from Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

Zinke said Tuesday that "Florida is obviously unique" and that the decision to remove the state came after meetings and discussion with Scott.

"In one Twitter post, Zinke wrote that ". "I told him the concerns of Washingtonians and West Coast residents deserve to be treated with the same consideration and deliberation as those in Florida", Inslee said in a statement. If it is safe off the coast of SC, why is it not safe in Florida.

The move left Democratic governors wondering how that logic would impact their states. Providing all of our states with the same exemption from risky offshore oil and gas drilling would ensure that vital industries from tourism to recreation to fishing are not needlessly placed in harm's way. "Where do we sign up for a waiver [Secretary Zinke]?"

Gov. Jay Inslee said that he spoke to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Friday regarding the Trump administration's offshore drilling plan, but failed to get a commitment that Zinke would consider giving Washington state the same exemption he recently gave Florida.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) suggested if Trump's beloved Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida ― sometimes dubbed the "Winter White House" ― might have factored into Zinke's decision. One can not help but compare this episode to the tax bill Trump just signed, which strips deductions from taxpayers in blue states in order to fund various GOP ideological priorities. But his handling of the situation has already become fuel for potential legal challenges. "California and other coastal states also rely on our handsome coasts for tourism and our economy". Rick Scott was the reason the change was made. "I don't believe it", Nelson said in a statement.

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Critics, including longtime drilling opponent Sen.

Nelson dismissed Zinke's decision Tuesday as a "political stunt".

Shortly after the announcement, a bipartisan group of governors from states such as New York, Oregon and SC all asked publicly for their own special exceptions.

Almost every governor of states on the East and West coasts have demanded to be exempted from the proposal after Zinke granted an exemption to Florida this week over economic and environmental concerns following a meeting with Gov. Rick Scott (R).

"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts. We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of FL".

Walter Shaub, the former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, did not mince words, accusing Zinke of making the United States a "banana republic".

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