Anti-drilling protesters greet Newt Gingrich in St. Pete

03/31/10 Matthew Cimitle & Seán Kinane
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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich is in St. Petersburg tonight talking about how drilling for oil off Florida’s coasts will create jobs. But dozens of protesters are greeting him and they’re opposed to fossil fuel drilling. WMNF’s Matthew Cimitile is there and will bring you a full report tomorrow. We reached him before tonight's broadcast.

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Don't give an inch!

President Bush and Bill Nelson opened up thousands of square miles for oil drilling and none of the "land" has been drilled. Now Obama is agreeing to open up more "land" for drilling. And the Florida Legislature study found that the oil available is small in terms of the world economy. It could never change the oil and gasoline prices; it could never reduce our dependency on foreign oil; it will not produce many jobs in Florida; and the owners of the drilling companies and refineries are not in Florida so corporate income taxes will not be collected here either. There is really nothing but risk for Florida. There is no upside at all. How can any Floridian actually see any benefit to drilling near Florida? When will the relentless pressure ever end? Even if they spill oil and ruin our seafood supply/industry and tourism they will still want to drill. We should not give them ONE MORE INCH!