Statements about Oil Spill

On oil drilling off Florida’s coast

Says Connie Mack "is protecting Chevron oil from a multi-billion dollar lawsuit over pollution of rivers and rainforests."

The RESTORE Act started as an "effort to dedicate as much BP fine money as possible towards Gulf Coast restoration" but now "could steer money to places like the Great Lakes and West Coast."

Says it wasn't until he and a Senate colleague were able to "wrangle the actual streaming video" from BP that scientists were able to calculate the oil spill flow.

Says the Panhandle has had its highest-ever bed tax collections in 2011.

Says he couldn't keep a 42-inch redfish he caught because of fishing rules.

"A 5 percent increase in domestic production would increase the world supply by less than 1 percent and do almost nothing to our dependence on foreign oil. This would also have virtually no effect on the price of gas at the pump."  

"150,000 (oil spill) claims have been filed by Floridians, but only 40 percent of them have been paid."

On offshore oil drilling.

Dave Aronberg "was the first to demand that BP create a billion-dollar fund to pay for the devastation."

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."

Dan Gelber's employment by BP's law firm "could disqualify him from representing Florida against BP as Attorney General."

"$120,000 will be spent by taxpayers on Charlie Crist's political photo-op special session."

“We are picking up oil with shovels and paper and plastic bags.”

"You know, when this thing first hit, I signed a declaration of emergency for the six counties that were directly affected, impacted in the Panhandle, then I extended that not long thereafter down into Sarasota County."

"I have spent virtually every weekend since Memorial Day in the Panhandle."

"West has raised $2 million from those that would leave our beaches in ruins, end Social Security and Medicare, and give corporations free reign."

"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 minute this proposal for near-beach oil drilling came up, I was against it."

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