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Trump administration says no to drilling off Florida coast

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January 10, 2018 -- The Trump administration has said it will not allow drilling off the coast of Florida, abruptly reversing course just days after announcing plans for a dramatic increase in offshore oil and gas exploration.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said after a brief meeting with Florida’s Republican Governor Rick Scott that drilling would be “off the table” when it comes to waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

The change of course – just five days after Zinke announced the offshore drilling plan – highlights the political importance of Florida, where President Donald Trump narrowly won the state’s 29 electoral votes in the 2016 election and has encouraged Scott to run for Senate.

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