Rick Scott

It's easy to see why swing state Florida got an offshore drilling exemption

It's easy to see why swing state Florida got an offshore drilling exemption

To the editor: The primary motive for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s summary granting of Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s offshore drilling exemption request for Florida likely went beyond the president’s desire to flip a U.S. Senate seat or to benefit his opulent Mar-a-Lago property. (“Democrats on both coasts cry foul after Trump administration exempts Florida from offshore drilling plan,” Jan. 9)

Many other states — the Los Angeles Times cites both red and blue ones — sport natural beauty that rivals Florida’s. But consider those states’ likely roles in the...

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