A Flip-Flop on Offshore Drilling but at What Cost
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots on American Political Radio
- Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke
A hypocrite and a phony...to me thy name is Florida Governor Rick Scott. Never liked him, still don't...never trusted him, still don't...but unfortunately I had to vote for him when he beat out his Republican challenger (and the man I supported and volunteered for) Bill McCullen for the then Republican gubernatorial nomination. Not a well-spoken man as witnessed by the few televised interviews he gives, Governor Rick Scott is the very man who sold out the all important Port Canaveral container contract to a muslim company based in the Middle East instead of awarding the contract to any of the numerous American companies that had applied.
Selling Off America One Piece at a Time.
And all this, according to the the U.S. Geological Survey, translates into there being as much as 4.59 billion barrels of oil and 38.17 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the Atlantic Coast; 10.2 billion barrels of oil and 16.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off the Pacific coast; 26.61 billion barrels of oil and 131.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas off Alaska's coast; and 48.6 billion barrels of oil and 141.76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in the Gulf of Mexico...all untapped as of yet.
But does all this matter to Governor Scott...the man whose slogan is "To make Florida first in job creation"...apparently not as on Tuesday, January 9th he met with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to secure said exemption for drilling off Florida's coast citing the possibility for spilled crude washing onto Florida's beaches...of course something no one wants...as Florida relies heavily on its beaches...on tourism...as its key economic industry. And Zinke agreed...agreed without having any public input or scientific review...and issued a statement saying that, “I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.” And why...because he said other coastal states like Louisiana are "working coasts" that are "very much different than a recreation-centric coast that's in Florida."
As for Governor Scott, he has over the years been a champion of supporting coastal drilling around Florida, in fact, during his first campaign for governor in 2010 he explicitly called for drilling offshore. However, after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and only after the spill coated some west Florida beaches in black sludge and tarballs, did then candidate Rick Scott add language to his campaign website stating that he wanted drilling done in an "environmentally sound way and adhering to the strictest of safety standards." Yet these are but mere words said because at the same time he said them he vehemently opposed the Obama initiated 7-year drilling moratorium after the Deep Water disaster.
since Governor Rick Scott never once objected to drilling off Florida's coast nor did he ask for Florida to be exempted from said drilling when the Department of the Interior was first putting together Trump's drilling proposal even though the Democratic governors of New York, New Jersey, California, and several other states with Republican governors most assuredly did and still do object, and they are currently citing what Rick Scott is only citing now as the midterm election draws near...the all-important tourism value of their coastlines to their state's economies.
So Florida's Governor Rick Scott now joins the ever-expanding ranks of flip-floppers who refuse to see that the overall track record for U.S. offshore drilling is indeed a very good one. And with the Gulf of Mexico...having to date 95 operational drilling rigs up and running...comes the fact that there has only been three major accidents in the years since Gulf drilling began in 1938 with the Creole field. And those events are the aforementioned Deepwater Horizon event (which happened because of a natural gas surge), the 1964 C.P. Baker Drilling Barge disaster, and the October 2007 Usumacinta Jack-up disaster with the later two caused by tankers docked alongside the platforms not from any intrinsic problems with the platforms themselves. And there has also been one more accident...certainly not as serious as the others when last October the Delta House floating production facility saw an oil leak, but this leak was caused by a fracture in a flowline jumper not by any tanker, and thankfully most of the oil dissipated before ever reaching the shore.
And while the anti-drilling bunch continuously cite the few serious accidents and oil leaks that have happened as a reason not to increase offshore drilling, know that most leaks accounted for are naturally occurring oil leaks that have been leaking longer than we have been drilling. And it's a fact that in the Gulf of Mexico...and off California's coast as well...oil naturally seeps up through the seafloor but that the oil that does so seeps up very slowly creating only the thinnest of oil slicks when it reaches the surface, and that the organisms that live over these seeps...such as "oil-gobbling bacteria"...have evolved in such a way as to be able to cope with said leaks. And why do I mention this...because the eco-whakos think all oil that reaches our beaches is from some platform disaster.
“I have spent my entire life fighting to keep oil rigs away from our coasts...but now, suddenly, Secretary Zinke announces plans to drill off Florida’s coast and four days later agrees to ‘take Florida off the table’? I don’t believe it. This is a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott,” so said Senator Bill Nelson.
That I'm not so sure about as Governor Scott is not totally behind Trump's agenda no matter their smiling faces...so highly important with the midterms looming especially where it concerns the current hot-button issue of DACA. Remember, as governor, Scott endorsed legislation filed by Miami Republican Rep.Carlos Furbelow and North Carolina's Republican Sen. Thom Tillis that would offer an eventual path to citizenship to immigrants who came to our country illegally before January 1, 2012, and were 16 or younger when they did so.
So as advocacy for offshore drilling gains momentum nationwide; and as we Floridians know our state needs revenue unrelated to just tourism coupled with more jobs no matter the current yes/no drilling politics involved; and while my personal belief holds that protecting the environment is also a must...the thing that must trump all in today's volatile world is that our dependence on foreign oil must stop and if unseen from the shore while at the same time being done safely, then both offshore oil and gas drilling must be a go even here in my home state of Florida.
* As per Florida Economist Hank Fishkind in the Jacksonville Times Union: "Florida could earn royalties of at least $2.3 billion per year, creating 20,000 energy sector jobs at an average salary of $76,500 per year and generating $7 billion per year in direct economic activity. If Florida waters are as productive as some believe and if the price of oil climbs, the royalties and taxes alone could be $12 billion a year and the industry could generate $41 billion in economic activity, creating over 230,000 jobs."
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