State of Florida Archives: on Energy & Oil


David Jolly: I support offshore drilling, but not off Florida's coasts

David Jolly said, "I have never lobbied for offshore oil drilling," refuting an audience member question. Jolly's lobbyist past is a major target for his opponents. So has Jolly lobbied for expanded oil exploration?

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee declared, "In 2011 Jolly lobbied on behalf of Free Enterprise Nation," which supported the Roadmap for America's Energy Future, introduced as H.R.909 by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) on March 3, 2011. The Roadmap "would open the Outer Continental Shelf to offshore drilling." Offshore drilling is not allowed off Florida shores, for the most part [despite H.R.909]. Jolly himself wrote an April 2011 Free Enterprise Nation blog post in favor of the Nunes bill.

Jolly responded to the DCCC's attack by saying the "comprehensive energy independence blueprint could have possibly expanded drilling in the Gulf, but I did not lobby on its behalf." He added he did support offshore drilling outside the 230-mile moratorium area.

Source: PolitiFact.com fact-check on 2016 Florida Senate race Jan 10, 2016

Charlie Crist: I'm not a scientists, but I can use my brain & talk to one

Charlie Crist knows how to work a storyline. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate, who as a Republican governor in 2007 said global warming was "one of the most important issues that we will face this is century," was handed an opportunity to highlight a difference between himself and Gov. Rick Scott when Scott said, "I'm not a scientist," in response to a question about climate change. Friday, Crist met with one of the scientists who has offered to meet with Scott and discuss the issue.

"I'm not a scientist either but I can use my brain and I can talk to one," said Crist, arriving for a 25-minute presentation by Professor Jeff Chanton of the Florida State University Earth and Atmospheric Science Department. A consequence of global warming is rising sea levels. Billions of dollars of Florida real estate and roads are at risk as the sea moves inland. [Prof. Chanton estimates 17 inches sea level rise].

Source: SaintPetersBlog weblog on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Rick Scott: I'm not a scientist, so I have no proposal on climate change

Scott said, "I'm not a scientist," in response to a question about climate change. [In response] Charlie Crist said, "I'm not a scientist either but I can use my brain and I can talk to one," arriving for a 25-minute presentation by Professor Jeff Chanton of the Florida State University Earth and Atmospheric Science Department. [Prof. Chanton estimates 17 inches sea level rise].

Scott's campaign on didn't directly answer questions about whether the governor believes climate change exists and whether humans are causing or contributing to it. "Charlie Crist may have perfected the art of publicity stunts, but his record on the environment is one of empty promises," the Scott campaign communication director said. "While Rick Scott has kept his commitments to restoring the Everglades, safeguarding our springs and protecting the Florida Keys, Charlie Crist was more committed to advancing his own political career."

Source: SaintPetersBlog weblog on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race Jul 26, 2014

Ron DeSantis: No delay on Keystone pipeline for security & safety study

Ballotpedia.org analysis of Congressional voting record on energy issues: Keystone Pipeline Amendment: DeSantis voted NAY on House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Source: Ballotpedia.org coverage of 2016 Florida Senate race May 22, 2013

Ted Yoho: Department of Energy needs to be eliminated

Q: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production?

A: Yes. I believe that America should already be energy independent and setting the example on how to address energy issues. Unfortunately this is not the case. We should be utilizing those responsibly while letting the free market develop new energy technologies. The Department of Energy needs to be eliminated and all uranium enrichment and nuclear technology needs to be transferred to the Dept. of Defense.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Rick Scott: Repeal Florida's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases

Summary from Florida legislative records:

Status:Bill passed House, 82-34-3; passed Senate, 31-5-4; approved by Governor, March 8,ˇ2012.

Source: Florida legislative voting records: HB 4001 Apr 6, 2012

Carlos Lopez-Cantera: Repeal Florida's cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases

Summary from Florida legislative records:

Status:Bill passed House, 82-34-3; passed Senate, 31-5-4; approved by Governor, March 8,ˇ2012. (Carlos Lopez-Cantera voted YEA).

Source: Florida legislative voting records: HB 4001 Mar 1, 2012

Jeff Greene: Ban offshore oil drilling

There is little daylight between the two Democrats on major issues. They agreed on repealing President George W. Bush's tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, banning offshore oil drilling and maintaining the current retirement age for Social Security. Both were equally vague about how they would make Social Security solvent. The main point of contention between Meek and Greene boils down to which one is dirtier.
Source: 2010 Florida Democratic Primary Debate, in Miami Herald Aug 10, 2010

Charlie Crist: Open to cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions

Crist's reputation as a moderate flows in part from his willingness to break from his party on offshore drilling (which he opposed, until 2008) and his openness to notions like a "cap and trade" plan for the carbon emissions that contribute to global warming.
Source: New York Times on 2010 Florida Senate debate Jan 10, 2010

Charlie Crist: $200M package for solar, wind, & biofuel from citrus

What Florida has done for biotech, it can also do for clean tech. Thatís why Iím recommending a $200 million economic development package for solar, wind and other renewable energy, and to promote biofuels in Florida and encourage alternative fuels such as ethanol. We have the opportunity to enhance the use of this cleaner fuel, while also providing a broader market for sugar cane and citrus waste. [We have] explored non-food sources of ethanol production in Farm to Fuel efforts.
Source: 2008 State of the State Address to Florida legislature Mar 4, 2008

John McCain: In favor of cap-and-trade

I am in favor of cap-and-trade. Lieberman and I have proposed, and we did the same thing with acid rain. Theyíre doing it in Europe now, although not very well. You can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions; you earn a credit. Somebody else is going to increase theirs; you can sell it to them. Meanwhile we have a gradual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. We need a global agreement, but it has to include India and China. We need to go back to nuclear power. We cannot be dependent on $400 billion a year paying for foreign oil. Thereís a nexus here. But climate change is real. It can affect states like Florida dramatically because it has to do with violent weather changes. But I am confident American technology and the embrace of green technologies can reduce these greenhouse gas emissions. Suppose that we are wrong & thereís no such thing as climate change and we hand our kids a cleaner world. But suppose we are right & do nothing. Thatís a challenge for America. We can meet it.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Rudy Giuliani: Support the technologies that improve alternative energy use

The very best way to reduce carbon emission is to support the technologies that are alternatives that can save the environment, and to get us to the point where those technologies can actually take over. We havenít licensed a nuclear power plant in 30 years. We need to expand the use of hybrid vehicles. We need to expand the use of clean coal. Carbon sequestration is expensive, but itís a process that works. We have more coal reserves in the US than they have oil reserves in Saudi Arabia. I prefer incentives for these new industries. Same thing is true with biofuels. We should expand biofuels, the way Brazil has done. We should expand wind, solar, hydroelectric. We should expand natural gas, liquid natural gas. We should have a project like puttin the man on a moon, the way we did back in the Ď50s and Ď60s. It should be a major national project, to be energy independent. Thatís a matter of national security. Itís also the best way, the very best way, to protect against global warming.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Tim Mahoney: Invest in alternative energy technologies

Source: 2006 House campaign website, timmahoneyforflorida.com Nov 7, 2006

Marco Rubio: Tax incentives for energy-efficient appliances

Source: 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida's Future by Marco Rubio Nov 1, 2006

Betty Castor: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling

Q: How would you propose reducing the countryís dependence on foreign oil?

CASTOR: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling. I oppose drilling off Floridaís coasts, as well as in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support economic incentives for the production of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, trucks and SUVs. I support extending those incentives for hybrid cars, and oppose tax laws that allow companies to write off purchasing heavy trucks unnecessarily. We need to make a real investment in alternative energy sources, especially here in Florida, solar power.

MARTINEZ: I support Bushís energy reform bill to increase our efficiency and production. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a multifaceted problem. We should provide the proper incentives to increase oil refining capacity and make energy production more efficient and safe. Further, we need to allow exploration in areas that support drilling. Finally, I strongly oppose drilling off the coast of Florida.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Mel Martinez: Allow exploration in areas that support drilling

Q: How would you propose reducing the countryís dependence on foreign oil?

CASTOR: We wonít solve this problem with more drilling. I oppose drilling off Floridaís coasts, as well as in areas like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. I support economic incentives for the production of fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, trucks and SUVs. I support extending those incentives for hybrid cars, and oppose tax laws that allow companies to write off purchasing heavy trucks unnecessarily. We need to make a real investment in alternative energy sources, especially here in Florida, solar power.

MARTINEZ: I support Bushís energy reform bill to increase our efficiency and production. Reducing our dependence on foreign oil is a multifaceted problem. We should provide the proper incentives to increase oil refining capacity and make energy production more efficient and safe. Further, we need to allow exploration in areas that support drilling. Finally, I strongly oppose drilling off the coast of Florida.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

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