Trump & Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are proposing to open huge swaths of the Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, and Gulf coasts to offshore drilling. The "largest number of lease sales ever proposed" includes the ENTIRE outer continental shelf, every square inch between 3-200 nautical miles from the shoreline. This area includes pre-existing marine sanctuaries, endless habitat, fishing grounds, diverse & thriving ecosystems, pretty much everything.
BUT. Florida appears to be getting a hall pass from this nonsense. Maybe because "Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor [Scott] and his leadership, [Ryan Zinke is] removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms." Maybe because Rick Scott is considering a run for Senate in 2018. Is Mar-a-Lago inside that exempted area?
The comment deadline is March 9, 2018. Tell em what you think here.