The Trump administration Thursday announced plans to roll back a ban on new offshore drilling off the coasts of Florida and California and is considering more than 40 sites for leasing of natural gas and oil production.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that 47 proposed leasing areas could increase federal revenue by $15 billion.
"It's better to produce energy here and never be held hostage by foreign enemy needs," Zinke said, adding it's a "clear difference between energy weakness and energy dominance."
The proposal would increase drilling sites off the coasts of Alaska and in the Gulf of Mexico. It would reinstate leasing sites in Pacific and Atlantic waters.
But the announcement was met with immediate concern from environmental groups, and from Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who released a statement in the middle of Zinke's announcement Thursday afternoon, asking to have waters off of Florida's coastline removed from consideration.
Hey, now Jax can have oil rigs, coffee, and paper mills!!!!
But, conveniently, offshore Mar-a-Lago is not in the potential lease area so Trump's view won't be spoiled
I get that you hate trump, but are you really reversing your pro energy position just because this administration wants it?
Admin just spared Florida's coastline, now all the other affected states are pissed.
Zinke's decision has led to extensive complaints by other coastal governors who have already staked out not-in-my-backyard opposition to expanding offshore drilling, often on the same tourism concerns Florida has.
GOP Gov. Chris Sununu of New Hampshire told reporters "of course" he opposed drilling off the New Hampshire coast.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster -- a vocal Trump supporter -- told reporters in South Carolina on Wednesday that he opposes Trump's offshore drilling plan and will take "appropriate steps" to counter it, according to video provided to CNN.
"I am opposed to off shore drilling of South Carolina's shore. I am opposed to seismic testing off of South Carolina shore," he said. "We cannot take a chance with those resources, those industry and that economy. It is just too important. This is a matter of serious importance to us in South Carolina."
When asked if he will push for a waiver from the Trump administration, McMaster said, "I will be taking appropriate steps and there will be more news later."
Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan said his administration would use "any viable legal claims, actions or suits against the US government to prevent."
A spokesperson for Nathan Deal said the Republican Georgia governor had "some concerns with opening up Georgia's pristine coastlines which he will convey to the congressional delegation."
And a spokesperson for Charlie Baker, the popular Republican governor of Massachusetts, said Wednesday that he opposes Trump's plan to allow offshore drilling up the East Coast.
Democrats were just as upset.
"New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either. Where do we sign up for a waiver @SecretaryZinke," New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo tweeted.
"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. Jerry Brown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee -- the three West Coast governors, all Democrats -- said in a statement.
Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat, took to Twitter to rhetorically ask why Florida was treated differently than Virginia in Trump's offshore drilling decision.
"Virginia's governor (and governor-elect) have made this same request, but we have not received the same commitment. Wonder why," Kaine tweeted, referring to two Democratic leaders of the commonwealth.
"We'd like a word in Virginia," Ralph Northam, the state's governor-elect, tweeted in response to Zinke.
And Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, responded to a Zinke tweet: "Is this thing on? I'll try again: Not Off Our Coast -- RC"