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Florida delegation on Bush's oil drilling order



Florida's U.S. Senators and Congressmen sent out a flurry of press releases reacting to President George W. Bush's orders today to lift the moratorium on drilling in the gulf. Bush's move is symbolic as long as Congress' ban remains, but it's the latest missile in renewed debate on drilling in the gulf.

Sen. Bill Nelson said "the president cruelly is misleading Americans for attempted political gain." Listen to more here.

Sen. Mel Martinez said: “In light of the current energy crisis, Congress must take steps to develop domestic resources while encouraging conservation. I look forward to Congress acting to make it possible for states to engage in offshore development if they so choose, and respect the wishes of states like Florida that wish to keep drilling at a distance that doesn’t impact our environment, our economy, or the missions of the United States military.”

Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the statement: “Once again, the oilman in the White House is echoing the demands of Big Oil.
"The Bush plan is a hoax. It will neither reduce gas prices nor increase energy independence. It just gives millions more acres to the same companies that are sitting on nearly 68 million acres of public lands and coastal areas.
"If the President wants to bring down prices in the next two weeks, not the next two decades, he should free our oil by releasing a small portion of the more than 700 million barrels of oil we have put in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
"It's time to tell the oil industry: 'You already have millions of acres to drill. Use it or lose it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:28am]


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