Jerry Brown Asks Trump to Exempt California from Offshore Drilling Plan

Trevor Jackson
January 13, 2018

"President Trump has directed me to rebuild our offshore oil and gas program in a manner that supports our national energy policy and also takes into consideration the local and state voice", he said. Here's NPR's Greg Allen.

Following is a statement from Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine, in response to the proposal to open Maine waters to drilling:The Trump Administration today released a risky five-year plan for offshore oil and gas leasing in the Atlantic Ocean - including off the coast of Maine, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Arctic Ocean.

Republican Congressman Walter Jones opposes drilling.

Pacific coast state governors announced their united opposition to re-opening the Pacific coast to offshore drilling in a joint-statement.

A source with knowledge of the matter said Cooper was also trying to arrange an immediate meeting with Zinke. "As a result of discussion with Governor Scott and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms".

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.

ALLEN: Drilling for oil and gas has never been allowed off of Florida's coasts.

Zinke said after a brief meeting with Scott at the Tallahassee airport Tuesday that drilling in Florida waters would be "off the table", despite a plan that proposed drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida. But that statement surprised some environmentalists.

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It took approximately no time for leaders in other drilling-skeptical states to call Mr. Zinke on his words.

On Jan. 4, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the Trump Administration's long-awaited offshore drilling proposal.

"What can I think otherwise?"

The Interior Department said more than 800,000 comments from stakeholders have been received thus far, and the public will have additional opportunity to comment before the plan is finalized. Zinke did so Tuesday for Florida, where Trump owns the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. Nelson spoke yesterday on the floor of the Senate.

Linking to Zinke tweet about Florida, Brown wrote: "Hey @secretaryzinke, how about doing the same for #Oregon?".

As NPR's Richard Gonzales reported, "Zinke did not say whether he would meet with governors of other coastal states to hear their concerns or whether Interior officials had consulted with Scott before the announcement last week". New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and new Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam took their case to Twitter. "Where do we sign up for a waiver?"

Gov. Henry McMaster told reporters that risks associated with drilling pose a serious threat to South Carolina's lush coastline and $20 billion tourism industry. "Our tourism industry and glorious natural resources are beyond compare in the United States, they are a source of enormous economic growth and prosperity and we can not take a chance with those resources, those industries, and that economy".

The only coastal governor - Democrat or Republican - seemingly supportive of the plan is Republican Gov. Paul LePage of ME, whose spokeswoman told CNN on Wednesday that while he has not reviewed all the details of the Interior plan, he "generally supports efforts to make good use of our indigenous resources and improve the United States' energy independence and security".

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