As Rick Scott travels to Sarasota and Riviera Beach today, more revelations and more questions about his offshore drilling stunt and his role as chair of a federal Super PAC to skirt campaign finance laws are reminding Floridians just why they can’t trust Rick Scott and his self-serving politics. Florida Democratic Party spokesman Sebastian Kitchen released the…
Each year, Earth Day – April 22 – marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. At the height of counterculture in the United States, 1970 brought the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles’ album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The current ban on oil and gas exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico off Florida expires in 2022 but proposals to accelerate and expand drilling areas are being developed. The Federal agency tasked with making recommendations on drilling in our coastal waters is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
“Now that the public record includes this very public, premature and unequivocal statement by the secretary, any final decision that excludes Florida is actually more vulnerable to challenge than if he had said nothing”
…a senior Interior Department official said that Florida’s coastal waters had not been excluded after all.
“But now, suddenly, Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida’s coast and four days later agrees to ‘take Florida off the table.’
“I’m really just disgusted that we’re even having to have this conversation again,” said St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, a Democrat. “You don’t have to look back too many years to the BP oil spill”