Gov. Rick Scott's Full Flop on oil drilling

Oil spill commissioners Dr. Donald Boesch center and Frances Ulmer former Alaska lieutenant governor on left visit the Louisiana Gulf Coast in 2010 to see impacts of the BP spill

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.

"I would also say this, it smacks of what we never want to see in politics which is: Is it self-serving?"

"I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver", said Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, per The Hill.

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, tweeted his support for Scott and Florida's congressional delegation Tuesday and their opposition to drilling.

From Oregon to SC, governors and other leaders are publicly noting that Florida does not have a monopoly on picturesque coasts, tourist economies or local opposition to offshore drilling.

The Trump administration's announcement last week of plans to roll back restrictions on offshore drilling and safeguards put into place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico didn't sit as well with coastal state leaders and environmental groups as it did with the oil companies that stand to benefit.

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Brown was on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 when Cooper asked her if she believed the removal of Florida from the proposal was strictly political.

Zinke has said that his decision on allowing wholesale offshore drilling isn't final, and that he will "no doubt" talk to all of the governors of coastal states. We made a decision to measure whether Scott had shifted his position on our Flip-O-Meter.

Scott's statement led to claims that Scott had flip-flopped on offshore oil drilling.

Florida Governor Rick Scott quickly voiced his opposition, as did many other coastal governors.

"This proposal came out of the Trump administration".

Zinke proposed vastly expanding offshore oil and natural gas drilling Thursday, stating most of the nation's outer continental shelf is being considered for drilling, including off the coasts of Maine, California, Florida and Alaska.

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Well, Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a Republican. But it apparently helps that the person asking is a Republican contemplating a run for the U.S. Senate against a Democratic incumbent, and the change in policy spared him from having to run with an oil-stained albatross wrapped around his neck.

The senator also sent a letter to Secretary Zinke with some questions.

"I'm going to fight to make sure this is a place our kids and our grandkids want to live", Scott said.

"For eight years, the Governor has been steadfastly opposed to drilling off the New Jersey coast", Christie's press secretary Brian Murphy said.

Over the next few days, Scott had multiple meetings with Trump administration officials.

"So, yes, closing Florida's coast to oil and gas drilling is a step in the right direction".

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