Contrary to earlier announcements, the US president wants to prevent oil drilling off the Florida coast by 2032. The Democrat Joe Biden sees it as an election manoeuvre.
US President Donald Trump has extended a moratorium on oil drilling off the coast of the state of Florida by ten years until 2032. Trump signed a corresponding ordinance in Jupiter, Florida. According to him, the ban on oil drilling has been extended to the coastal waters of the other southeastern states of Georgia and South Carolina.
The measure stands in sharp contrast to Trump’s other energy policies. The President is a firm supporter of the oil and gas industry and is promoting the expansion of production areas. His government had only approved highly controversial oil drilling in a nature reserve in Alaska in mid-August.
Trump’s presidential rival Joe Biden of the opposition Democrats also suspected that Trump’s current decision to extend the oil drilling ban off the southeast coast had to do with the November 3rd election. A few months ago the President had planned to end the moratorium, but now he has conveniently changed his mind, wrote Biden on Twitter. He called the President’s actions “incredible”.
According to the polls, it will be a close match between Trump and Biden. Florida Governor Rick Scott welcomed the extension of the oil drilling moratorium. Scott, who, like Trump, is a Republican, tweeted that he had many conversations with the President about the importance of leaving the Florida coast untouched.