Trump playing politics with drilling decision

"Gov. Brown asked for the same consideration for Oregon's "people's coast" as was given Florida", Hockaday said.

The effort to open previously off-limits acreage in the Atlantic, Arctic and Pacific oceans comes less than eight years after BP Plc's Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico - the largest in American history.

The complaints came as South Carolina's Republican governor said Wednesday he is seeking an exemption from the proposed drilling expansion, a move that will test the relationship between Trump and one of his earliest supporters.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat in a state that went to Trump in the 2016 race, said he wanted to meet with the president himself to explain how offshore drilling would threaten the state economy. Instead of focusing on short-term benefits for oil and gas companies, our country should be looking toward a clean energy future.

"How loud do we have to shout for you to hear us, too?"

Oregon's pristine and world-famous coast is a major driver of tourism in the state.

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"Securing reliable sources of energy helps fuel other industries like tourism, especially in states like Florida that relies on more than 200 million barrels of gasoline and diesel each year to fuel its economy".

In California, Gov. Jerry Brown's office would not say what Zinke told Brown about offshore drilling during their 20-minute phone call on Friday.

In addition to Merkley and Wyden, the letter was led by U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and signed by U.S. Senators Edward J. Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tom Carper (D-DE), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Chris Coons (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chris Murphy (D-CT), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

If the Florida decision had been the result of a thoughtful process that ended in a report explaining how Florida's coast is somehow more precious than every other stretch of coast the Trump administration has slated to open, it would have at least appeared less capricious. We will continue advocating for Washington to be removed from the plan. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, Kate Brown of Oregon, Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington, John Carney of DE and Roy Cooper of North Carolina.

This a case of special pleading at its worst, exacerbated by the fact that President Trump owns substantial beachfront resort property in Florida.

Just like Florida, our states are unique with vibrant coastal economies.

  • Adam Floyd