Today, he opposes an expansion.

By Amy Sherman on Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 at Five:41 p.m.

Gov. Rick Scott met with a member of Voorzitter Donald Trump&rsquo,s administration and struck a overeenkomst to liquidate Florida from a list of states proposed for more offshore oil drilling.

",Spil a result of our rente te making sure that there`s no drilling here, Florida will be taken off the table,", Scott said Jan. 9th, after meeting with U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke te Tallahassee.

Zinke highlighted Scott&rsquo,s role ter the overeenkomst.

",Florida is obviously unique,", Zinke said. ",For Floridians, wij are not drilling off the coast of Florida, and clearly the governor has voiced that it`s significant.",

Scott&rsquo,s statement led to claims that Scott had flip-flopped on offshore oil drilling. Wij determined to measure whether Scott had shifted his position on our Flip-O-Meter.

Scott&rsquo,s announcement came spil the term-limited Republican governor is poised to potentially run against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, an tegenstander of an expansion of drilling.

Scott&rsquo,s spokespersons argued that Scott made no roll.

",Since 2010, Governor Scott has consistently said that wij vereiste ensure that Florida&rsquo,s beaches are protected and has made it clear that protecting the environment is his top priority,", Scott spokeswoman Kerri Wyland said.

Wij found that Scott clearly campaigned te 2010 on expanding oil drilling. Today, he opposes an expansion.

PolitiFact Florida has tracked Scott&rsquo,s stance on oil drilling since his very first campaign ter 2010. On his campaign webstek then, Scott called for more drilling offshore but said that the state&rsquo,s beaches voorwaarde be protected.

",Spil wij explore the expansion of domestic drilling ter the U.S. wij vereiste ensure that wij have sound policies ter place that ensure the companies drilling are doing so te an environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards. . Rick supports expansion of nuclear power, use of alternative fuels and off-shore drilling.",

A Scott campaign spokeswoman told PolitiFact Florida ter May 2010 that his campaign had originally posted his position before the Deepwater Horizon explosion te April and zometeen updated it to add the phrase about the environment and safety standards.

During that summer, Scott reiterated his call for safe offshore drilling when meeting with Panhandle fishermen. Scott said drilling wouldn&rsquo,t toebijten te the ",foreseeable future. . Wij are not going to drill now. . It`s not safe. It doesn`t make any sense.",

Scott never took significant steps toward his promise to explore expansion of drilling te a safe, environmentally sound way. Wij rated his promise cracked te 2013.

Te April 2018, Trump signed an executive order that aimed to expand offshore drilling. Scott wasgoed primarily mum. Days zometeen, Scott told the Tampa Bay Times that he hadn&rsquo,t seen the proposal and declined to comment.

The state Department of Environmental Protection sent an Aug. 17 letterteken to the federal Lessenaar of Ocean Energy Management raising concerns about the effects of oil and gas activities on the environment, but did not expressly oppose the drilling proposal.

On Jan. Four, Zinke announced a proposal to open up more coastal areas ter Florida, California and the Atlantic to drilling.

Scott voiced his voice quickly on Twitter Jan. Four, telling that he opposed drilling:

",Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida spil a potential state for offshore oil drilling &ndash, which is something I oppose ter Florida. I have already asked to instantly meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this project and the crucial need to liquidate Florida from consideration. My top priority is to ensure that Florida`s natural resources are protected, which is why I proposed $1.7 billion for the environment ter this year`s budget.",

Governor Scott’s Statement on Trump Administration’s Project on Offshore Oil Drilling:

Overheen the next few days, Scott had numerous meetings with Trump administration officials.

On Jan. 9, when asked what caused the Trump administration to switch its position on Florida drilling, Zinke said, ",The governor.",

Oil and gas exploration doesn&rsquo,t seem to be entirely off the table, however. Zinke said seismic testing still would be permitted, but no fresh drilling. Susan Glickman, Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, said the only reason to permit seismic testing is to find places to drill.

During his very first campaign for governor ter 2010, Scott called for drilling offshore. After the Deepwater Horizon explosion, he added language to his campaign webstek to state that he dreamed drilling done ter an ",environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards.",

During his very first term, Scott took no meaningful steps to expand drilling.

But when Trump&rsquo,s administration proposed an expansion of offshore drilling Jan. Four, Scott said he opposed the idea and sought a meeting with Zinke. That rejection sounds different from his stance when he very first ran for governor ter 2010 and he wasgoed open to drilling.


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