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No oil drilling off Florida coast

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 1/10/18, 12:15 pm

The Trump administration late Tuesday said it would not allow oil drilling off the coast of Florida, reversing course from just five days ago when Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced an expansive offshore drilling plan. Zinke said on Tuesday night drilling in the waters of the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida was “off the table” after a meeting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

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Trump administration proposes offshore drilling expansion

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/05/18, 10:46 am

The White House on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans. The new five-year drilling plan also could open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. It could also allow new oil and gas exploration off the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, where the government has blocked drilling. The plan would let private companies access 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves. Critics, including some Republican lawmakers, say new drilling puts the environment at risk.

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Perry tapped to lead agency he once vowed to close

Government | Trump wants former Texas governor to head Department of Energy
by Leigh Jones
Posted 12/13/16, 01:13 pm

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Energy Department—a federal agency he once pledged to eliminate.

During Perry’s failed bid to win the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, Perry promised during a debate to shutter three federal departments. While naming the other two—education and commerce—he got stuck on the third, which turned out to be the department he’s now been tapped to lead.

Trump’s transition team has not made Perry’s nomination official, but said they’re “big fans” of the former Texas governor.

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