Statements about Oil Spill
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."
On whether BP's $20 billion fund to compensate oil spill victims is "a slush fund."
"Subsidies for oil and gas companies make up 88 percent of all federal subsidies. Just cutting the oil and gas subsidies out would save the U.S. government $45 billion every year."
"Alexi Giannoulias' top aide was a longtime BP lobbyist."
“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."
On the use of presidentially appointed commissions.
"West has raised $2 million from those that would leave our beaches in ruins, end Social Security and Medicare, and give corporations free reign."
It was President Obama's "inaction that caused over three weeks to go by before he even approved the governor's plan to protect our marsh."
Canada "does spills into their water to practice in the event that this would happen. That is not allowed in the United States."
"Sen. George LeMieux voted to let oil companies off the hook and overturn pollution rules."
"Every day, oil continues to pour into the Gulf of Mexico. ... Even with disaster on our coast..., Richard Burr voted to let big oil off the hook."
"In fact, oil spills from tankers are far more common than the very rare leaks from rigs or pipelines."
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."
"We only have 2 percent of the oil reserves in the world, and we consume 25 percent of the world's oil on a daily basis."
"We get 30 percent of our oil from the Gulf (of Mexico)."
"Oil companies showered regulators (at the Minerals Management Service) with gifts and favors, and were essentially allowed to conduct their own safety inspections and write their own regulations."
"The minute this proposal for near-beach oil drilling came up, I was against it."
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