Environmental legislation is hard to defend and almost impossible to pass. The overarching problem is big money and special interests. Legislation is all about
sliding the most money to regulated industries, large corporations and individuals.
There is really no cash to be had from stopping environmental destruction, degradation or pollution. There is plenty however to continue degradation.
Even though environmental protection and oil drilling are number 5 on the list of the most important concerns of Floridians, all the money is on the side of drilling and exploiting the environment. The public influence and voice are near zero in every major financial or environmental decision.