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Trump traiciona a los floridanos para abrir las costas de nuestro estado a la perforación petrolera

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Antes del relanzamiento de la campaña de Trump, el Partido Demócrata de Florida ha enumerado el historial de promesas incumplidas de esta administración. El enfoque de hoy se centra en cómo Trump le falló a los floridanos al defender nuestras costas.

El 18 de junio, Donald Trump relanzará su campaña en Orlando e intentará ocultar su historial de promesas incumplidas en materia de medio ambiente, pero los votantes en Florida se encargarán de recordárselo en el 2020. Trump ha preferido priorizar a las grandes corporaciones contaminantes y ha eliminado protecciones ambientales, incrementando la amenaza sobre nuestros recursos naturales, las tierras públicas y la economía de la Florida.

Una de las promesas incumplidas más importantes de Trump es intentar permitir la perforación petrolera cerca de las orillas y playas de Florida, una medida que incluso miembros de su propio partido han alertado "podría costarle muy caro al presidente en Florida en las elecciones de 2020".

Terrie Rizzo, presidenta del Partido Demócrata de Florida, declaró: "Los planes que Donald Trump tiene escondidos para expandir la perforación petrolera cerca de nuestras costas destruirían tanto nuestra economía como nuestro medio ambiente. Es otro ejemplo de las numerosas promesas y mentiras incumplidas de esta administración. Pero Trump no puede salirse con la suya. Si intenta subastar las costas de Florida, los votantes lo castigarán con su voto en el 2020".

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Publicly, the Trump administration proclaimed Florida was off the table for offshore oil and gas drilling: "'I support the governor's position that Florida is unique and its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver,' Mr. Zinke said in a statement after meeting Governor Scott in Florida. 'I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.'" [New York Times, 1/9/18]

Behind closed doors, the Trump administration continued crafting plans to auction off Florida's shores to the highest bidder: "The Trump administration is considering auctioning off Florida's coastal waters for oil and gas drilling — and Republicans are warning it could cost the president dearly in Florida in the 2020 election [...] An industry lobbying offensive has put it on the cusp of achieving its holy grail: access to the resource-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico. The idea is so politically toxic in Florida that past presidents haven't even entertained it. But behind the scenes, oil and gas interests are appealing to Trump's desire to turbocharge U.S. energy production, including his past openness to drilling off the Florida coast." [Politico, 4/10/19]

The Trump administration's promise to exempt Florida from offshore drilling was nothing more than an election year ploy to boost a Trump ally: "'What happened was Zinke went down there, and essentially gave Rick Scott a political favor,' Colman said. 'Scott was campaigning against Bill Nelson for the Senate and Nelson had made the environment an issue.' But despite Zinke's announcement, it was never made official that Florida would be excluded from efforts to expand the search for fossil fuels." [WLRN, 4/14/19]