Statements about Energy

"Joe Garcia raised utility rates on families."

"It takes as much energy to make a solar panel as it likely generates in its entire life."

"I think it is unacceptable for the Chinese today to be larger in wind power and in solar panels and photovoltaic manufacturing than all of Europe put together -- forget the United States."

House Republicans who complained they didn't have enough time to consider a constitutional ban against oil drilling "shoved through a proposal in just a few days to open state waters to oil drilling."

"Sen. George LeMieux voted to let oil companies off the hook and overturn pollution rules."

The U.S. spends $4 billion on research and development for energy, while spending $350 billion on oil from foreign countries, "many of whom are our enemies."

The addition of a 1 percent sales tax would cost a typical household in Hillsborough County approximately $12 a month.

The White House has "refused" international help in dealing with the oil spill.

"Kendrick Meek is the only candidate who has consistently been against expanded drilling."

John Mica's brother is an oil lobbyist and his daughter represents the natural gas industry.

"Incoming House Speaker Dean Cannon and incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos have said they plan to champion efforts next legislative session to allow oil rigs off Florida's coast."

"The governor switched his position once again on offshore oil drilling."

"We have constitutional amendment that says that there's a ban on drilling right off Florida's coast."

"If every house in Florida had a solar-heated water tank, that would eliminate consumption by 17 percent."

"Cuba wants to let the Chinese drill in some of the very parts of the gulf that American producers are currently forbidden to touch, as close as 45 miles off the Florida coast."

"The truth is any oil that would be drilled could be sent to any other country in the world, reducing our use of foreign oil not by one single drop."

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