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Here’s an issue where Rick Scott is challenging Donald Trump

The governor comes out against Trump's plans for more offshore drilling
Opponents of offshore drilling gather to express solidarity during the 2011 Hands Across the Sand protest gathering on Clearwater Beach. [Times (2011)]
Published Jan. 4, 2018
Updated Jan. 4, 2018

Gov. Rick Scott is one of Donald Trump's biggest Florida cheerleaders and rarely says anything critical about the unpopular president, but today is an exception. The governor does not like the Trump administrations plans to expand offshore drilling.

From the governor: "Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling – which is something I oppose in Florida. I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove 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 in this year's budget."

Sen. Bill Nelson, whom Scott is expected to challenge this year, is a longtime opponent of offshore drilling and vowed to fight:

"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," Nelson said.

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