The Buddhist Peace Fellowship - Tampa Bay Message Board › HELP!! They are voting on FL offshore drilling 3 miles out!!
Saint Petersburg, FL
Now that the big oil lobbyists are in the senate's ears, we need to call our senators now!!!! find yours here:
See today's SPT editorial - Selling the shoreline - excerpts:
"Republicans in the Florida House voted in near lockstep Monday to sell off the state's coastline to the highest bidder seeking oil or natural gas. It is hard to imagine a more apt case for explaining why citizens remain so cynical about their government.
The proposal to allow drilling at 3 miles from the beach is far more radical than anything contemplated in decades. A plan to allow drilling much farther from shore locked up Congress for weeks last year as it emerged in the presidential campaign."
"No one predicts that tapping Florida's reserves will significantly change the balance of world fuel production. Plus, the House has refused to hear the governor's plan to foster renewable energy — which is aimed toward weaning the state off fossil fuels."...
"Three Tampa Bay area Republicans are to be commended for joining Democrats in opposing the bill: Jim Frishe of Belleair Bluffs, Bill Galvano of Bradenton and Ed Hooper of Clearwater."
Tourism is responsible for 20 percent of Florida’s economy.
More than$800 million worth of commercial fish are caught annually in Florida waters and more than $5.6 billion is spent annually on recreational fishing expenditures.
Florida’s coastal economy generated almost $562 billion in 2006.
This coastal economy is dependent upon abundant, healthy natural resources and the pristine beaches tourists expect.
Our sustainable coastal economy is undermined whether we have big oil spills or regular, recurring leaks from the infrastructure necessary to support drilling.