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Drill off Florida! Keep America safer, 'stronger'!



Drill offshore! Keep Florida and America safe! So goes the message in one of a handful of new videos pushed by oil drilling proponents to promote drilling off the Florida coast. There should be plenty of time to review and digest the videos (posted on the pro-drill Web site) now that an October special session seems unlikely for gaming, much less to include oil drilling or a renewable energy trade-off.

The nearly 6-minute video, produced by Ron Sachs Communications, features interviews with AIF president Barney Bishop and Martha Barnett, former American Bar Association president and longtime Holland & Knight attorney. There's an ominous picture of Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez, and an excerpt of an April 2009 Earth Day speech in which Obama says, "If we've got more oil here in the United States, we should find it."

A serious male narrator says things like, "The oil and gas we can produce will make America stronger" and "Florida has the resources to draw upon..if we find the will."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:17pm]


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