Governor Cooper urges Trump Administration to exempt NC from offshore drilling plan

Secretary Zinke Announces Plan For Unleashing America's Offshore Oil and Gas Potential | U.S. Department of the

Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington state said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's decision to give Florida a last-minute exemption while ignoring at least 10 other states that made similar requests may violate requirements of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, which governs drilling in USA coastal waters.

Earlier this week, after a short meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport, Zinke said he'd changed his mind.

Instead, we need to accelerate efforts to kick our carbon habit, and get on with the hard, yet inevitable work of building a sustainable, low-carbon energy economy.

Following the Trump Administration's decision to open the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts to offshore drilling, bipartisan governors of coastal states have spoken out in opposition.

Georgia conservationists also firmly oppose the Trump administration's changes. "I don't know why it's OK for Florida and not OK for OR", she said.

"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", Zinke said in a statement late Tuesday.

"Offshore drilling decisions in the United States are, by law, supposed to be guided by science, public input, and a careful balancing of environmental and energy needs", Lee-Ashley told Reuters.

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"Not only am I appalled, I have recoiled at this political game".

During his 20 minute address, Nelson announced he has sent a letter to Sec. States such as California also have some power to thwart Zinke's program. "The whole eastern Gulf?" On our east coast, that's out just three miles. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) tweeted, "Taking Florida off the table for offshore drilling but not California violates the legal standard of arbitrary and capricious agency action".

"We'll continue to talk to other stakeholders as we make decisions for other areas and other states", Huckabee Sanders added. Nine of the 11 states that opposed the drilling order have gubernatorial races this year, and numerous most competitive contests for the House of Representatives will unfold in districts that touch coastline.

The Department of Interior has reported it intends to open about 50 leases between 2019 and 2024, including 12 in the Gulf of Mexico. Michael Brune, the executive director of the Sierra Club, referring to a 1946 law governing major regulatory changes said that the Administrative Procedure Act constrains that an equitable reasoning behind agency decisions, and they can not be unpredictable and inconsistent. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Edward J. Markey of MA, said its proposed New England Coastal Protection Act would block any drilling that put "vital coastline at risk and threaten [ed] a central economic engine for New England". "He has consistently been opposed to it". This is going to be at least a year with public comment. Why should Scott's be the only one heeded? "Floridians have become much more conscious of anything environmental in terms of issue that they track when they're getting ready to vote for someone". Nelson called Zinke's decision "a political stunt".

MONCRIEF: So while I think everyone welcomes him standing up with the rest of us and the rest of our elected officials in opposing offshore oil drilling, it feels like political theater.

Democrats from coastal states accuse Zinke and Trump of punishing states with Democratic leaders while rewarding Republicans. The only difference between it and DE is that Florida is bigger and has more coastline.

Members of Congress from both parties and both coasts have intensified their opposition to the Trump administration's plan to open nearly all of America's outer continental shelf to energy exploration. But Zinke has not ruled out any other area at this time.

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