Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Trump Flip Flops on Oil Drilling Off Florida Coast

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. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport that drilling would be "off the table" when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. The change of course -- just five days after Zinke announced the offshore drilling plan -- highlights the political importance of Florida, where President Trump narrowly won the state's 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election and has encouraged Scott to run for Senate.

More

Scott, who is expected to run for Senate this year, came out against the Trump administration plan when it was first announced, saying his top priority is to ensure that Florida's natural resources are protected. ...

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) said the meeting with Zinke was "a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott," who Nelson said has long wanted to drill off Florida's coast.

"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts. But now, suddenly, Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida's coast and [five] days later agrees to 'take Florida off the table'? I don't believe it," Nelson said in a statement.

"We shouldn't be playing politics with the future of Florida."

Comments

There is no political motivation here. This is purely due to the fact that Michael Moore has publicly gotten everything he needs to begin fracking right off the coast of Mar a Lago.

#1 | Posted by RevDarko at 2018-01-10 10:22 AM

Ted Lieu‏ @tedlieu

Ted Lieu Retweeted Secretary Ryan Zinke
Taking #Florida off the table for offshore drilling but not #California violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action. California and other coastal states also rely on our beautiful coasts for tourism and our economy. I believe courts will strike this down

Secretary Ryan Zinke‏ @SecretaryZinke
Read my full statement on taking #Florida off the table for offshore oil and gas. Local voice matters.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 12:04 PM

We don't need the oil and we do need our coasts to remain oil free.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-10 12:05 PM

If CA was a swing state important to Trump's re-election, they could be exempt from this order, too!

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-10 12:11 PM

Walter Shaub‏ @waltshaub

Replying to @SecretaryZinke SO YOU ARE EXEMPTING THE STATE THAT IS HOME TO THE FESTERING CANKEROUS CONFLICT OF INTEREST THAT THE ADMINISTRATION LIKES TO CALL THE "WINTER WHITE HOUSE" AND NONE OF THE OTHER AFFECTED STATES??????? GO LOOK UP "BANANA REPUBLIC" THEN GO FLY A ZINKE FLAG TO CELEBRATE MAKING US ONE

Yeah. You heard me. I used all caps. It's an all caps situation.

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-10 01:49 PM

So all Moonbeam needs to do is to go meet with Trump and ask nicely?

I will buy him a ticket if that's all it takes.

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-10 07:09 PM

But, as you know, that's not all it takes. Maybe if California gave him the Hearst Castle to create his Western White House, that would be enough.

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-01-10 07:23 PM

Perhaps a geologist should be consulted. I once asked a geologist about oil off the east coast further north. She said "that's Cambrian, there won't be oil there" so it may all be a sham.

If there were any significant amount of oil in Florida it would have been drilled long before there was an environmental movement. If there is none onshore, why would there be any offshore? Petroleum is found in certain geological formations. Poking a pipe down just anywhere won't work but don't expect the dim witted TV talking heads to call in a geologist to explain that.

#8 | Posted by TenMile at 2018-01-10 08:07 PM

Thank you Governor Scott for protecting Florida coasts and wildlife.

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-01-10 08:59 PM

"Thank you Governor Scott President Trump for protecting Florida coasts and wildlife being such a political weakling."

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2018-01-10 09:27 PM

If there were any significant amount of oil in Florida it would have been drilled long before there was an environmental movement.

Depends on whether the technology existed to reach proper depth, I suppose.

#11 | Posted by jpw at 2018-01-10 10:48 PM

Thank you Governor Scott for protecting Florida coasts and wildlife.
#9 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

What do you think of Trump's assault on the coasts and wildlife of the rest of the rest of the coastal states?

#12 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2018-01-11 01:39 AM

He thinks Thank you President Trump for securing America's energy future, duh.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-01-11 02:17 AM

"What do you think of Trump's assault on the coasts and wildlife of the rest of the rest of the coastal states?
#12 | POSTED BY JOHNNY_HOTSAUCE"

Why should he care? He's a typical, selfish Republican.

#14 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-01-11 12:56 PM

But, as you know, that's not all it takes. Maybe if California gave him the Hearst Castle to create his Western White House, that would be enough.
#7 | POSTED BY MONTECORE

Give him the Winchester Mystery House instead. It'd be great to have him lost in a staircase to nowhere for a few years.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-11 01:10 PM

It'd be great to have him lost in a staircase to nowhere for a few years.

#15 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-11 01:10 PM | Reply

He'd open a door into nowhere and drop to his death within minutes.

#16 | Posted by Zed at 2018-01-11 01:25 PM

Xavier Becerra

@AGBecerra

.@SecretaryZinke: California is also "unique" & our "coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver." Our "local and state voice" is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling.

If that's your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list. Immediately. twitter.com ...
4:39 PM - Jan 9, 2018

twitter.com

What are most intersting are the replies.. you will see the level of hate from the Deplorables that we are going to have to deal with. They want a scorched earth war with Liberals.

No more playing around with the Orange Manchild!

The game is afoot. The gloves must come off. Take no prisoners!

RESIST!

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-11 05:07 PM

Thank you Governor Scott for protecting Florida coasts and wildlife.

#9 | POSTED BY GONOLES92

Thank you Mar-a-lago for protecting Florida coasts and wildlife.

Also, glad you can admit that driving negatively impacts coasts and wildlife. So why are only Florida coasts and wildlife being protected?

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-01-11 06:36 PM

Looks like someone at Drudge Retort needs to look up the definition of "flip flop"...

#19 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-12 12:05 PM

#18

NIMBY

#20 | Posted by TrueBlue at 2018-01-12 12:44 PM

"Looks like someone at Drudge Retort needs to look up the definition of "flip flop"..." - #19 | Posted by humtake at 2018-01-12 12:05 PM

Yep.

And that "someone" would be you.

#21 | Posted by Hans at 2018-01-12 12:51 PM

Drudge Retort Headlines

Florida Governor: Those Under Age 21 Should Not Own Guns (224 comments)

Trump Wants to Arm Teachers (91 comments)

Texas School Will Punish Any Student Who Protests (75 comments)

Trump Needed 'Cheat Sheet' When He Met Survivors (72 comments)

Parkland School Cop Didn't Enter Building (56 comments)

32 More Indictments for Manafort, Gates (55 comments)

NRA Opposes Age Limits on Gun Purchases (53 comments)

The AR-15 Inflicts Devastatingly Different Wounds (52 comments)

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes (52 comments)

Trump: 'Maybe They Have to Put a Rating System' on Movies (50 comments)