“California is also ‘unique’ & our ‘coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,’ ” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted. “If that’s your standard, we, too, should be removed from your list. Immediately.”
The following editorial appeared in the Washington Post.
“Virginia’s governor (and governor-elect) have made this same request, but we have not received the same commitment. Wonder why…” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., tweeted.
Cynicism has always been a part of politics, but rarely are politicians so brazen and self-serving as President Donald Trump and his interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, have been over the past week. First they announced a new offshore drilling plan that would force unwilling coastal states to open up their waters to oil and gas exploration, prioritizing “energy dominance” over long-standing local concerns. Then just a few days later, they gave swing state Florida a special exception from the unpopular drilling plan, crediting Gov. Rick Scott, R, who may run for Senate this year, for securing the dispensation.
Shortly after the announcement, a bipartisan group of governors from states such as New York, Oregon and South Carolina all asked publicly for their own special exceptions.
It took approximately no time for leaders in other drilling-skeptical states to call Zinke on his words.