Trump Extends Oil Drilling Ban to Woo Florida in Tight Race (1)

Sept. 8, 2020, 9:39 PM

President Donald Trump announced a 10-year ban on offshore oil development near the coasts of Florida and the southeast U.S. as he wooed voters in a must-win state where polls show the race too close to call.

Trump signed a memo effectively extending a moratorium on leasing drilling rights off Florida’s Gulf Coast, while also ruling out leases in Atlantic waters from Florida to South Carolina.

“This protects your beautiful Gulf and your beautiful ocean, and it will for a long time to come,” he said in a speech in Jupiter, Florida.

Trump also touted other environmental accomplishments and praised ...

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