The incoming Florida governor said neither he nor Gov. Charlie Crist got a heads up about the announcement.
"First of, you'd think they could've waited and explained it to us," said Scott, who will meet at the White House Thursday with President Obama and other incoming Republican governors. They'll talk homeland security, he said. "We want to become independent in this country and part of that is looking to see if we can do offshore drilling safely..."
He said he "absolutely" opposes the decision to pull back. "I believe we have to become energy independent. Offshore drilling is an option."
He wouldn't put a number on where he'd want to see a ban on drilling off Florida's coastline: "I'd want to wait and do more research." He said he'd want to talk to local communities about what they'd prefer "rather than just make a decision for the entire state."