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White House says it will listen to Florida drilling critics

The White House says its reviewing the letters from four Florida Democrats hotly opposed to President Obama's plans to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

Reps Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee Hastings and Corrine Brown Tuesday joined Rep. Kathy Castor in sending a letter to Obama, protesting the decision.

Says White House spokeswoman Moira Mack: "The President is working to implement a comprehensive energy strategy that leverages all of our diverse energy sources. After more than a year of review, including in depth consultations with experts and leaders including the Florida delegation,  the President and Secretary Salazar announced a responsible plan that will protect areas vital to tourism, the environment and our national security while expanding offshore oil and gas exploration. We have received and are reviewing the letters and will ensure input from Members of Congress is heard.”