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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 09:52 AM

Trump administration set to roll out massive offshore oil plan, but many in GOP don't want it


Ledyard King, USA TODAY Published 6:00 a.m. ET March 1, 2019 | Updated 8:06 a.m. ET March 1, 2019

WASHINGTON – Republicans have eagerly lined up behind President Donald Trump's energy agenda: bringing back coal, expanding mineral extraction on public lands, reviving nuclear energy.

But when it comes to the president's proposal to massively expand offshore oil and gas drilling, many GOP leaders in coastal states want no part of exploration near their beaches or maritime communities.

“The administration is well aware of the state’s position, which is why we oppose the drilling," South Carolina GOP Gov. Henry McMaster, one of Trump's earliest and most ardent supporters, said in December.

"I support offshore drilling," Georgia Republican Gov. Kemp told the Savannah Morning News a few weeks ago. "I just don't think we need to be doing it off the coast of Georgia."

Kemp and McMaster are among a broad bipartisan, bicoastal anti-drilling set of voices whose opposition could punch a hole in Trump's America-First Offshore Energy Strategy – and muddy an issue that figures to be front-and-center during the 2020 elections.

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 10:24 AM

1. The slogan 'Drill, baby, drill' worked real well for McCain/Palin...

Trump could add I can see Russia in my building's penthouse.

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 10:28 AM

2. Sorta like border walls.. NIMBY

Republicans are all for it because immigrants are so dangerous, but not if it has to be in their backyard. I guess offshore drilling is also great and has zero problems as long as its off someone else's shore.

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Fri Mar 1, 2019, 10:36 AM

3. While an offshore oil well has been secretly leaking into Gulf of Mexico for nearly 10 years.

Off the coast of Louisiana, it was kept secret by a state and many government officials because they are so dependent on this industry that is destroying their coast.

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