Environment

Ryan Zinke Played Himself

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced last night Florida will be exempt from the Trump regime's coastal oil drilling program because Florida relies on coastal tourism.

In an official statement, Zinke said he is "removing Florida from consideration."

"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. I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of discussion with Governor Scott's [sic] and his leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms."

Why Florida and not any number of other states that rely on tourism? Why not California?

Indeed, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded last night shortly after the news broke.


So did Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).


And so did North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.


Ryan Zinke may have thought he was pulling a fast one with this backdoor endorsement of Rick Scott's possible Senate bid, but he only played himself.

Federal courts on the west and east coasts and even the gulf coast are going to take one look at this and ask the same question we're all asking. Why Florida and no one else? Why not Washington? Why not Oregon? Why not New Jersey or New York? Virginia?

Is it because they're all run by Democrats now? If that is the case, Zinke's plans will be dead on arrival. I think they probably would have been anyway, but Zinke sealed the deal with this stunt.

  • ninjaf

    What state with any kind of coastline doesn’t have tourism. Coastline is so synonymous with tourism that even The Great Lakes like to refer to themselves as the North Coast.

  • Badgerite

    Unlike politics, courts usually require the law to make sense and be consistent and consistently applied.

    • ninjaf

      Until Trumps appointees get sworn in and start hearing cases. *sigh*

  • gescove

    “President Trump directed me to…” not allow an oil platform near Mar-a-Lago.

  • muselet

    He’s not even trying:

    “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,” Zinke said in Tuesday’s statement.

    So long, that is, as the local and state voice belong to an R who plans to run for a Senate seat in a swing state.

    I thought Rs hated when government picked winners and losers.

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    Why not Massachusetts? Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket are some of the most sought after vacation destinations in the United States (just ask Barrack Obama). Many other states depend on the year round fishing industry could be catastrophically annihilated by an oil spill…just ask the south coast states about Deepwater Horizon. Zinke’s argument is big enough to drive an oil tanker through.

  • Username1016

    New Jersey!!! I’m a New Jersey beach tourist and I don’t wanna be looking at oil derricks! Leave NJ alone.

    • Scopedog

      Don’t worry–I’ll bet you that Phil Murphy is more than ready to tell Zinke (and Trump) to fuck off if they try this on NJ’s coast.