The opposition to opening more areas to drilling off of states where large amounts of drilling is not already underway, is all but universal.
In announcing his decision, Zinke said that “Florida is clearly unique” and mentioned its recreation-centered coast.
Indeed, tourism is massive in Florida. Visitors to the state spent $111.7 billion there in 2016, according to the state’s tourism marketing corporation, Visit Florida, accounting for about 12 percent of the state’s gross domestic product.
But tourism makes up about 11 percent of the economy of neighboring Georgia, 10 percent of the economies of South Carolina and Maine and nearly 7 percent of the economy of New Jersey.
Even taking Florida off the board has been disappointing to oil and gas companies—who are upset that their good pal Zinke took even a single hor d'oeuvres off the table.
With the Trump administration’s hard push for increased fossil fuel production, it may come as little surprise that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke would address the American Petroleum Institute, an oil and gas industry trade group.
… the speech was held at Trump International Hotel in Washington, which has been at the center of conflict-of-interest concerns.
It’s also surprising to hear Zinke mentioning “currents” and “geology” in his excuses, since he’s not keen on the whole idea of science. He also didn’t feel any need to produce excuses when he called for opening national parks and monuments to “traditional uses” … like mining and logging.
Maybe he can find a way to blame the inconsistencies on his disloyal underlings.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly.
Assuming that in describing the currents off Florida, Zinke means the Florida current, that is a strong current that moves from the Gulf into the Atlantic, feeding warm waters into the Gulf Stream. The current moves off the coast of Florida, crosses through the Keys, and moves north past Georgia and the Carolinas. What Zinke means about Florida’s geology … is impossible to discern.
But the fact that Zinke is still talking about this topic, and still thinking up new lies, suggests that he’s feeling the pressure from other states.
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