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

Trump admin decides not to drill off Florida after Rick Scott lobbying

Trump admin decides not to drill off Florida after Rick Scott lobbying

The governor's office said in a statement that he has "some concerns with opening up Georgia's pristine coastlines which he will convey to the congressional delegation".

"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", Scott said Tuesday.

The Trump administration may have violated federal law by exempting Florida from a national plan to expand offshore drilling, a Democratic senator charged Thursday.

Nelson, a Democrat who could be facing Scott in his Senate re-election race this year, immediately called Zinke's move a "political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott, who has wanted to drill off Florida's coast his entire career".

"Such a quick reversal begs the question: Will the Trump administration give equal consideration to all the other coastal governors from both parties who overwhelmingly reject this radical offshore drilling plan?" asked Diane Hoskins, director of the Oceana campaign group, according to Reuters news agency. "Because we all like to go out to our beaches and enjoy them", Scott said.

Huckabee Sanders said that the "public comment" process was one in which "negotiations" would happen with state leadership.

The letter follows Northam's previous statement condemning the Trump administration's drilling proposal. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, whom Scott is expected to run against this year, and U.S. Sen.

The drilling proposal, announced last week, includes 47 potential lease sales in 25 of the 26 planning areas - 19 sales off the coast of Alaska, seven in the Pacific region, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico, and nine in the Atlantic region.

"For someone to suggest that they're protecting Florida coast when they've done nothing to move away from risky fossil fuels - which is creating climate impacts like sea level rise, which threaten our coasts", Glckman said.

One of the most outspoken opponents, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, won a reprieve from the order this week.

A second coastal governor, South Carolina's Henry McMaster, has now said he also is seeking continued protection against offshore drilling for his state. Zinke also announced the exemption on Twitter. "No other developed nation limits its offshore drilling to the same extent".

On the west coast, which faces the prospect of the first drilling in the Pacific in three decades, Kate Brown, the governor of OR, tweeted to Zinke "let's do the same for Oregon" in reference to the Florida decision.

"I'm appreciative that the Secretary came to Tallahassee to sit down and talk about it", said Scott.

Other Republicans from the state - including representatives from the eastern part of North Carolina like David Rouzer, Robert Pittenger, and George Holding - support drilling.

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