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Castor says Florida 'too special' for offshore oil drilling



U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, today sent a letter to President Obama objecting to his plan for more offshore oil drilling in Florida, saying the area is "too special" to risk environmental damage.

Read her three-page rebuttal here. The "too special" line echoes what Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said about the Pacific coast when asked why the administration was not seeking more drilling there.

Meanwhile, Sen. George LeMieux is named as one of the handful of Republicans Obama hopes to draw as a supporter of an energy and climate bill. The carrot: More offshore oil drilling and nuclear power. More here from New York Times.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:26am]


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