Do you agree that it should be up to the states to determine whether to drill offshore?



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    To an extent it is irrelevant, as the jurisdiction of the states is clearly limited by various agreements, and the offshore (beyond a few miles) is under Federal jurisdiction. So whether they should or not, it would take a lot of unlikely changes to make it genuinely possible for the states to control completely what happens in the Federal offshore waters.

    Having said that, there would be states’ rights issues as well as significant financial motives on both sides – the Federal government gets tens of millions of dollars in lease payments (both in bids and other payments) as well as 12% royalties on any oil produced in the Federal waters. Not likely that they would easily give up hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, but of course the states would like to have it.

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