Opinion: Trump has a surprise for Florida he's hoping to keep secret until after the election
After the Deepwater Horizon drill exploded in 2010, oil strikes the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
President Trump's reelection depends on winning a handful of Tossup countries in November, including Florida, where the lifelong New Yorker recently resided and where his beloved Mar-a-Lago resort is located.
But he also stubbornly sticks to the idea that the United States must be the world leader in the production of fossil fuels, the burning of which endangers the human habitability of much of the planet.
He's focused on extending offshore drilling to the eastern Gulf of Mexico, which happens to include the west coast of Florida, a country whose economy is heavily dependent on tourism (see Mar-a-Lago) and which is so violent against it discussed earlier offshore drilling plan, which then Interior Minister Ryan Zinke withdrew.
So what is a self-centered president who wants to win re-election at all costs? Simple - according to Politico, voters in Florida shouldn't be informed about the new plan until two or three weeks after the November election.
Machiavelli had nothing on this guy.
Trump's energy policy appropriately reflects a dinosaur approach to how the nation should produce and consume energy.
The overwhelming scientific consensus is that burning fossil fuels has added so much carbon and other emissions to the atmosphere that we are increasing global temperatures, changing climate and weather patterns, and melting glaciers and polar ice caps, which will increase sea levels and will result in massive disruptive and dangerous ocean invasions in cities and coastal regions where billions of people live.
Pshaw, says Trump. What do the scientists know?
Still, he's not stupid enough to tell Florida voters that he wants to drill holes in an area that exposes hundreds of miles of their beaches, estuaries, and keys to potentially devastating oil spills.
Can anyone remember the Deepwater Horizon disaster? The Santa Barbara blowout?
A president who has the nation's best interest at the forefront of his decision-making process, rather than trying to expand fossil fuel production, would begin with regulations to reduce their production and our confidence in them.
At the same time, she would work to expand renewable energy production and infrastructure to achieve the ultimate goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero as far as possible.
And run the rest of the world on the same conversion.
But we don't have this president. For now.
Florida voters, I hope you're careful.
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