Statements about Oil Spill
Says Connie Mack "is protecting Chevron oil from a multi-billion dollar lawsuit over pollution of rivers and rainforests."
Says oil "production's down where Obama's in charge."
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."
Florida's economy "became a bad economy ... because of a huge spike in oil prices in the summer of 2008."
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 President Barack Obama "has put (up) a stop sign … against oil drilling, against any kind of exploration offshore or in Alaska."
"We're going to be looking at $8 billion a day that we're going to be pouring into foreign countries in order to import that make-up fuel that we're going to need to take the place of what we could have gotten out of the gulf."
We are looking at "150,000 barrels (of oil) per day less next year, and 200,000 barrels per day less being able to be developed from the gulf the year after" because of the moratorium on new drilling enacted by the Obama administration.
Says he couldn't keep a 42-inch redfish he caught because of fishing rules.
"One. That's the number of new drilling permits under the Obama administration since they came into office."
"Oil production from federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico reached an all-time high" in 2010.
"For the first time in more than a decade, imports accounted for less than half of (the oil) we consumed."
"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.
Proposed tax changes are a "handout" to BP.
"More than three-quarters of the oil is gone."
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."
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