>> The governors of several coastal states are heaping pressure on the White House Wednesday after President Trump gave the state of Florida a special exemption from his plan to open virtually all US waters to offshore drilling. Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina all sought urgent meetings with interior secretary, Ryan Zinke.
Who announced late Tuesday he was removing Florida from the drilling plan at the request of governor Rick Scott. Who argued drilling posed a threat to Florida tourism. Valerie Volcovici is on the story.>> This leaves a lot of questions for the interior department. He seems to have done this not following the long and detailed stakeholder process that has been set out by the interior department.
So he kind of just got ahead of that process, which is supposed to be unfolding over their next few months.>> New York's Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo quickly pushed back on Twitter. New York doesn't want drilling off our coast either, he tweeted. Where do we sign up for a waiver, @SecretaryZinke?
Governor Roy Cooper of North Carolina tweeted, not off our coast, with a link to Zinke's decision on Florida. The White House had no immediate comment, but environmental lawyers said the move could put Trump's oil drilling plan on shaky legal ground if he doesn't treat the various coastal states equally.
>> One Democratic congressman from California, Ted Lou, said this is what any court, any judge would say, it's arbitrary and capricious. Why should Florida a state that relies on it's coastal economy and tourism get an exemption automatically and not California. Which you would argue has just as significant a coastal economy and tourism industry.
>> Trump's plan unveiled last week aims to open all US coasts to drillers within five years. Alaska and Maine are the only states whose governors have backed the plan.