One of Trump’s latest despicable announcements has inspired bipartisan action in Florida.
Two Florida lawmakers, Republican representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson have teamed up to demand the administration shut down a proposal to expand offshore drilling for oil.
Ros-Lehtinen announced her participation on Twitter.
Signed @SenBillNelson letter to @SecretaryZinke @Interior opposing any opening of #Florida to offshore drilling in order to prevent a disaster similar to the #DeepwaterHorizon spill. I hope many more #Florida members join!
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) January 4, 2018
Nelson expressed his opposition on twitter earlier in the day.
This plan is an assault on Florida’s economy, our national security, the will of the public, and the environment. This proposal defies all common sense and I will do everything I can to defeat it. https://t.co/tYe10AgNbY
— Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) January 4, 2018
The pair both signed a letter addressed to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke opposing the proposal citing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
That spill affected the Florida economy and took the lives of 11 Florida residents.
The lawmakers announced their intent to use the Congressional Review Act to try to block the proposal, but it’s speculated that it would likely fail without broad public support.
That’s because, ironically, the Act requires the President’s signature in order to take effect.
The administration announced earlier today plans to seriously increase offshore drilling for oil in both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. It was immediately met with outcries from state lawmakers and environmental groups. Many see it as a total giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.
Trump is trying to sell it at “energy independence” but everyone sees it for what it is, which is just one more corporate handout at the expense of the environment and the American people. Just add it to the list of promises broken and lies told by this administration.