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But the Florida Petroleum Council hailed the Trump administration move as a way to benefit state consumers by potentially creating jobs and additional government revenue while strengthening national security.

The buy, which will target coastal Florida communities, runs through the week.

"Under President Trump, we're going to have the strongest energy policy and become the strongest energy superpower", he said.

Nelson, a Democrat who could be facing Scott in his Senate re-election race this year, immediately called Zinke's move a "political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott, who has wanted to drill off Florida's coast his entire career". Zinke tweeted that Scott is a "straightforward leader who can be trusted".

"I think it's courageous, he is bucking the system, but I think it is a very important position to take", said Taylor.

Has the Trump administration already forgotten that horrific scene? A spokeswoman for Zinke says such criticism is "empty pandering" and has invited governors to seek a meeting with the secretary.

Filmmaker and outspoken Trump critic Michael Moore-who threatened to frack off the coast of the president's Florida vacation home after offshore drilling expansion was announced-also responded to the state's removal from the proposal.

Nelson explained why he never wants drilling off Florida's coast, citing the damage an oil spill in the Straits of Florida or in the Gulf Stream could have on the rest of Florida and the Atlantic coastal states.

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On Tuesday, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bowed to pressure from the Republican Governor and said drilling would be "off the table" in waters in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off Florida.

Zinke proposed vastly expanding offshore oil and natural gas drilling Thursday, stating most of the nation's outer continental shelf is being considered for drilling, including off the coasts of Maine, California, Florida and Alaska. "I want to keep our coast pristine", said Governor Scott.

But less than a week after releasing the proposal - which would open up almost every inch of federal water to the possibility of offshore drilling - Secretary Ryan Zinke made an unexpected announcement on Twitter.

The senator also sent a letter to Secretary Zinke with some questions.

"Virginia's governor [Terry McAuliffe] and governor-elect [Ralph Northam] have made this request, but we have not received the same commitment".

On Wednesday, Nelson filed a bill to permanently ban drilling off Florida's coast, saying he's skeptical of federal assurances the state would be exempt from the new drilling plan.

Scott praised the Trump administration for removing Florida from consideration.

"For more than 30 years, our shared coastline has been protected from further federal drilling and we'll do whatever it takes to stop this reckless, short-sighted action", California Gov. Refusing to keep protections in place for other states, who make exactly the same arguments as Scott, is going to be very hard for Zinke.

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