Trump signs order banning oil drilling off Florida's Atlantic coast

Katie Ramirez
September 9, 2020

"In a few moments I will sign a presidential order extending the moratorium on offshore drilling on Florida's Gulf Coast and expanding it to Florida's Atlantic Coast as well as the coast of Georgia and South Carolina", Trump said at an event in Jupiter, Florida.

"As a Republican, to be tied is good", Trump said in discussing his chances of winning the state. And, dangerously, he has opened up additional public lands, both on land and offshore, to the possibility of new oil and gas drilling, a deeply unpopular threat to Florida's natural environment and tourism-based economy.

"They are two very different candidates modeling two different types of campaigns: the president trying to demonstrate that America is back and that we are putting the pandemic behind us, Biden still very much believing that we need to take steps to contain and then suppress the virus", Continetti said.

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When asked if people were not following the rules he added: "We certainly see cases where they are not, and then we take action". Failure to comply could result in a £100 fine, which will double on each repeat offence up to £3,200.

Biden opposes new permits for drilling in federal lands and waters.

The president added that "I think I was seven points down to Hillary last time in Florida, right at the beginning and right at the end, toward the end, and ended up winning it fairly easily". Biden wrote on Twitter that Trump "conveniently says that he changed his mind" 56 days before the election.

The National Ocean Industries Association, an industry group, complained that the move limits production of domestic energy and raw materials for plastics, such as those used for protection against the coronavirus. Jaclyn Lopez, a Florida native with the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund, said "this desperate political stunt won't make Floridians forget that Trump was the one that proposed opening our state to drilling in the first place".

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