Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Tuesday that the Trump administration would not pursue offshore oil drilling off the coast of Florida after Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) expressed opposition to the prospect.
The Interior Secretary said Gov. Scott “is a straightforward leader that can be trusted,” and that he supports “the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”
— Secretary Ryan Zinke (@SecretaryZinke) January 9, 2018
Immediately after Zinke announced his statement, journalists on Twitter began commenting on the optics of the move.
“How, after this statement, do you justify extending the program to other states where the governors object, which is most of them?” Business Insider editor Josh Barro asked.
How, after this statement, do you justify extending the program to other states where the governors object, which is most of them? https://t.co/jH53QRSDIR
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) January 9, 2018
“Florida gets a pass on Trump’s plan to expand offshore drilling everywhere?” Huffington Post reporter Jennifer Bendery tweeted, adding a sarcastic “I wonder why!”
Florida gets a pass on Trump's plan to expand offshore drilling everywhere? I wonder why! https://t.co/UNkKNfa9XO
— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) January 9, 2018
Amnesty International’s Govind Acharya had another take, noting that the state is home to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s “Winter White House.”
You can see more incredulous responses to the Interior Department’s peculiar loophole below.
What about…California? https://t.co/WWCY9DcEeC
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) January 9, 2018
weird. does this extend to just Florida? others are objecting too. https://t.co/JOnUtOiXID
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 10, 2018
To try to say this calmly: MOST (all?) of governors affected by this order have objected to it.
Why should the “local voice matter” only when it comes to Gov. Scott in FL? (Not Gov Brown CA, Gov Brown OR, Gov Inslee WA, etc.) https://t.co/zTIgTAGxgX
— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) January 9, 2018
Seems arbitrary in policy terms–which is no doubt what other states will argue when they sue. https://t.co/a0bF0mwWp6
— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) January 10, 2018