For Immediate Release
Floridians are Counting on Rick Scott to Keep His Promise on Offshore Drilling
WASHINGTON - Democrat Bill Nelson’s concession to Republican Governor Rick Scott in the Florida Senate race means sunshine state citizens are losing a longtime fighter for Florida’s environment and strong opponent of offshore drilling. Floridians made clear the importance of this issue in passing a ballot initiative to ban drilling in state waters, and drilling figured prominently in the midterm election campaign. Republican Governor-elect Ron DeSantis vowed to work with the Trump administration to “ensure that oil drilling never occurs off Florida’s coastlines,” and Rick Scott promised to oppose the inclusion of Florida in the Trump administration’s forthcoming 5-year leasing plan.
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