Statements about Oil Spill
Says oil "production's down where Obama's in charge."
Florida's economy "became a bad economy ... because of a huge spike in oil prices in the summer of 2008."
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.
"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."
Proposed tax changes are a "handout" to BP.
"More than three-quarters of the oil is gone."
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."
On the use of presidentially appointed commissions.
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."
"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."
"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."
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