Katherine Harris on Energy & Oil
Former Republican Representative (FL-13, 2003-2007)
HARRIS: The most important thing we can do is become energy-independent from Middle East oil. There are a number of alternatives to drilling in the Gulf, including wind and solar and biofuels. But very importantly, if we don’t want to drill in the Gulf, there’s an enormous opportunity to drill in ANWR. It’s the equivalent to having a football field and putting a postage stamp in the middle of it. That would supply the equivalent of 29 years of energy to Florida. Unfortunately, my opponent continues to vote against exciting opportunities like that.
NELSON: The problem with folks who want to drill, drill, drill is that the US only has 3% of the world’s oil reserves but consumes 25% of the world’s oil production. You can’t drill your way out of the problem. You’ve got to go to the alternative sources, such as ethanol. Hybrids. Utilizing more conservation.
Proponents support voting YES because:
This amendment would preserve the longstanding moratorium so important to coastal States. The amendment would also preserve the underlying bill's one redeeming feature, the renegotiating of the cash-cow leases now pouring billions of dollars into already stuffed oil industry coffers.
We have only 5% of the world's population, but 30% of the world's automobiles, and we produce 45% of the world's automotive carbon dioxide emissions. This addiction harms our environment, our economy and our national security. This underlying bill attempts to bribe coastal States into drilling off their shores by promising them a lot more money.
Opponents support voting NO because:
For 30 years, opponents of American energy have cloaked their arguments in an environmental apocalypse. They have tried to make the argument that no matter what we do, it will destroy the environment.
This amendment takes out all of the energy production. It is a callous disregard for the jobs that have been lost over the last 30 years of following an anti-energy policy. The people who work in oil and gas, their jobs are in the Middle East or Canada. We have exported their jobs. If this amendment passes, we are going to send the rest of them. We should know how important it is to create jobs in this country, to create clean natural gas in this country, so that it can be the bridge to the future.
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