By Trimmel Gomes of theĀ Florida News Connection

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Despite a White House threat to veto legislation that would permanently ban drilling off Florida’s Gulf Coast, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he’s confident President Donald Trump will still protect the Sunshine State.

DeSantis and the president are close allies – however, while Trump is keen on increasing U.S. fossil fuel production with offshore drilling, DeSantis says he’s been urging Trump to make sure Florida isn’t included.

Susan Glickman, Florida director for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, says she’s hopeful that will ring true.

“I imagine that President Trump – who will be in a very tight reelection – would not want to anger coastal states like Florida,” says Glickman. “So, it’s probably true that he would not veto that, but we still have a battle to get through the U.S. Senate.”

On Wednesday, the U.S. House passed a measure to permanently ban offshore drilling. Opponents, mostly Republicans, argued that a ban undercuts domestic energy security and would limit thousands of job opportunities.

Governors and lawmakers of both parties from coastal states strongly oppose expanded drilling. Glickman says that’s because production and oil spills are damaging to the environment – and to Florida’s brand as a destination hotspot.

“We saw tremendous destruction during the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” says Glickman. “And that memory is ingrained in the minds of coastal residents. So, it’s important to have this permanent protection for our coasts.”

Rep. Francis Rooney – R-Naples – sponsored the Protecting and Securing Florida’s Coastline Act of 2019, which passed the House on a vote of 248 to 180. Observers say it has little chance to advance in the Republican-controlled Senate.

3 COMMENTS

  1. I wouldn’t put much faith in Trump’s word, if I was in Governor Ron DeSantis’ shoes. Trump flip-flops constantly on issues, and is fickle-minded, plus how many people that he was allies with are now his enemies? A predictor of the future is to examine the past, when it comes to people. I sure hope I don’t see the day that they start drilling for oil offshore in Florida. We have enough problems without that. Anyway, it is my understanding that out in the gulf there a oil well thathas remained unrepaired and uncapped that has been leaking millio s of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico waters. This oil eventually will work its way to Florida waters and beaches. Probably the cause of the marine life dying off on the west coast and east coast and east coast of Florida. Just ask the commercial fishing guides, and they will tell you how bad it is. This country needs to ban the dispersement chemicals they sprayed on the big oil spill, when it happened. All it does is sink the oil to the bottom. It is nothing but a cover-up, so people can’t see the horrors of the spills. Then the bottom feeders on up the whole food chain or affected. Britain banned those chemicals years ago, but here no one does anything about them.

  2. Governor Ron DeSantis means well, on this issue, I do believe, when it comes to cleaning up the waters in this state, I just hope he remembers how Trump is. The governor had spoken with the president about the immigrant children being held in detention camps, and when the subject of sending them to Florida, possibly even Orange County, the governor did not want that, Trump told him that he would not send the kids here to Florida, even reassured the gov several times, but now they are making plans to send them. Obviously Trump’s word means nothing. That is just one example of many many more.

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