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Florida reaction to Obama's news conference

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa: “For all intents and purposes, bringing rigs closer to Florida’s beaches appears to be dead. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has confirmed my position that domestic drilling is too risky a proposition for our economy and our environment. Our jobs, our tourism economy and our fishing economy are too important to leave to an industry that has cut corners and does not have the ability to respond to a disaster like BP’s Deepwater Horizon catastrophe."

Rep. Kendrick Meek, D-Miami: "This six-month ban, along with new oversight and safety standards for Big Oil, are a necessary step forward. Today, we must finally recognize that safe offshore drilling is nothing but an illusion. It gives us the false comfort of energy security while, in reality, endangering an entire region's environment and economy."

Attorney General Bill McCollum: "President Obama’s press conference today only reinforced what Floridians
have known for weeks – the federal government is not doing everything it can to prevent further damage from the Deepwater Horizon spill. To those in the impact zone and anyone being affected by the magnitude of the spill, this is unacceptable."

Democratic U.S. Sen. candidate Jeff Greene: “Drilling off of the coast of Florida is a bad idea period. It seems all too often we are dealing with a crisis after it happens, instead of looking forward and trying to prevent one. And we all know why that is, because special interests like the oil companies have the career politicians in their back pocket."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:39am]

    

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