Florida's Rick Scott was among the coastal governors who spoke up.
"I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts, but suddenly Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida's coast and four days later agrees to 'take Florida off the table?' I don't believe it", Nelson said.
On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bowed to pressure from the Republican Governor and said drilling would be "off the table" in waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. More flippantly, the filmmaker Michael Moore had already threatened to launch a "monster" fracking operation off the coast of Mar-a-Lago, the site of Donald Trump's Florida resort.
The Trump administration recently announced plans to open nearly all coastal waters to offshore drilling, except for in one state, Florida.
"I'm not aware of any political favor that that (Florida exemption) would have been part of, so, no", Sanders said. Zinke said Tuesday that allow oil drilling would not be allowed off the coast of Florida.
"We're working together with the states", Zinke said.
In that same speech, Nelson also announced that he has filed new legislation to implement a permanent ban on drilling off of Florida's coast.
Over the next five years, the administration is proposing 47 offshore lease sales for oil and gas drilling, which would be the largest number of lease sales ever proposed for the outer continental shelf. While Zinke was still making his announcement, the Republican governor said in a statement that he "asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan".
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Florida's economy has been threatened by drilling mishaps before: In 2010, when the Deepwater Horizon spill sent oil gushing into the waters near Louisiana and Mississippi, Florida lost millions of tourism dollars, Reuters reported.
After the news broke about Republican-governed Florida, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., asked whether there are different rules for blue states like California. Just a pol asking a favor, and the Trump administration granting it.
The governors of Oregon, Washington and California collectively denounced the plan soon after it was announced.
"California is also "unique" & our coats are heavily reliant on tourism as economic driver".
Florida has become the first USA state to secure an undertaking from the government that no new offshore drilling permits will be issued for its coastline to protect its tourism industry.
"I've got pictures in my office of what the coast looks like with the waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Texas and all of those oil wells all over". The issue is that Zinke apparently made the decision without following the procedures mandated by federal law, rather than waiting to make the announcement after a full public comment period and environmental impact study.
"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?"