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US declares Florida exempt from offshore drilling plan
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida after pressure from the state's Republican governor. The abrupt reversal came days after officials announced a proposal to allow drilling in virtually all coastal waters, drawing immediate criticism from environmentalists. Republican Governor Rick Scott of Florida was among the early critics of the plan that is part of President Donald Trump's "energy dominance" focus, saying oil drilling threatened Florida's natural resources, an issue that has long had bipartisan support. read more


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