Statements about Oil Spill

"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."

"The last major oil spill from a drilling accident in America happened over 40 years ago in 1969."

"I've issued a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling."

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

"Right now every single one of the (oil) companies here today and dozens of others are drilling for free in the Gulf of Mexico on leases that will cost American taxpayers more than $50 billion in lost royalties."

"While Exxon Mobil has 40 pages on its media response strategy, its plan for resource protection is only five pages long and its plan for oil removal is just nine pages long."

Alex Sink was "the first official who said that BP should pay $25 million for an ad campaign to promote Florida tourism."

The Obama administration "has been constrained by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which basically gives the responsible party the lead role in trying to not only fix the problem, but contain the problem."

"A major part" of the climate change bill sponsored by Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman "was essentially written by BP."

The American Power Act "would cut our dependence on oil in half."

After the oil spill, Congressman Adam Putnam "doubled down saying all energy sources, including oil drilling in the Gulf, should be considered just days after the oil spill started."

"The Interior Department has only 30 days to review an exploration plan submitted by an oil company. That leaves no time for the appropriate environmental review. The result is, they are continually waived."

The federal government only ordered BP to pay "to do one of those six segments" of sand barriers for Louisiana.

Halliburton gave Dick Cheney a $34 million payout when he left the company to join the presidential ticket.

"Rick Scott's even saying he wants more offshore drilling."

"Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu received almost $1.8 million from BP over the last decade."

"In the last 10 years we've only had 7,000 barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf ... not counting hurricanes. This well is spewing that amount every day and a half."

Louisiana gets "not one single penny" from Gulf Coast offshore oil revenues.

"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."

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