Florida Offshore Drilling… ARE THEY CRAZY?!?!

I guess my title reveals which side of this issue I am on. Recently Governor Charlie Crist reversed his long-standing support for the federal moratorium on offshore drilling for oil and gas. Recently Crist endorsed Republican candidate John McCain’s proposal to eliminate the restrictions on offshore drilling. Instead, each state could decide whether to drill in waters off its shores.

Crist cites the rising oil prices as the driving force behind his reversal of position. He recently explained, “My heart bleeds for them,” referring to the families in Florida affected by the rise in gas costs.

People need to stop looking for short cuts to ensure short-term security. This is a classic case of the government trying to look for a quick fix. Sure the price of gas might ease up but one needs to look deeper into the issues. Besides the stupendous consumption of gas this will continue to drive, I feel people need to look to change their lifestyle. Alternative energy and energy conservation has been in the forefront recently, (due to high gas prices) we need to embrace this and try to change our over-consumptive ways. Enough of my hippy rant, back to the issues.

When one thinks of Florida, one visualizes sunny, warm vacations by luscious beaches, cruises, or theme parks. There is no denying that Florida’s tourism industry bring a LARGE portion of the state’s total revenue. People flock to Florida from throughout the country as well as the whole world. For a quick decrease in gas prices, these politicians risk ruining this thriving industry. In a state plagued by hurricanes and tropical storms how can one justify setting up offshore rigs to drill for oil? I understand that oil spills are rare and far between but there is no way to risk an industry that makes up the largest sector of the state economy.

I am by no means a political expert, but I am simply calling this as I see it and as a resident of Florida.

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