Fossil Fuel lobbyist Charlie Stenholm pushes drilling off Florida coast
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07/31/09 Seán Kinane
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Former Rep. Charlie Stenholm (D-TX) urges the World Affairs Council of Tampa Bay to support drilling off the coast of Florida.


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Last year Congress gave states the option of whether to allow drilling for oil and natural gas off their coasts. The Florida Legislature is expected to again take up the issue in their 2010 session. Today in Tampa, a former Democratic member of Congress from Texas spoke in favor of opening up Florida to offshore drilling.

Charlie Stenholm - a member of the House of Representatives from 1979 to 2005 – predicts that drilling off the coast of Florida “will happen someday.” Stenholm suggests that the state’s tourism will be hurt more if drilling for fossil fuels is NOT permitted than if drilling is allowed.

Florida’s Democratic Senator Bill Nelson opposes drilling off the state’s coasts and said last week “there are some things that states shouldn’t sell out, like Florida’s economy and environment.”

Representative Stenholm spoke in Tampa Friday to the World Affairs Council of Tampa Bay. He is a lobbyist representing the American Petroleum Institute.

Earlier this year, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to cut down on the pollution that causes global warming. It includes a cap-and-trade provision that would place a limit on carbon dioxide emissions and allow polluters to trade permits to release greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. Instead of funding the legislation by auctioning off the permits, most of them were given away for free to fossil fuel industries. Stenholm thinks oil and gas companies got a raw deal and opposes the bill, which has not yet been introduced in the Senate.

Many of the 20 people in attendance feel that drilling should be allowed off the coast of Florida. Tim Sweeny is president of an international market research firm. “I’m in favor of it.”

Madeleine Krasne runs a real estate office in St. Petersburg. She points out that off-shore drilling in the North Sea has been an economic stimulus for the United Kingdom.

Elaine Smalling, vice president of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, prefers renewable sources of energy to drilling for oil off the coast of Florida.

American Petroleum Institute

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WMNF continues to expose the truth

Thank you for exposing the truth as Stenholm and Charles Bronson continue to hammer away on the issue of drilling off our coast. Please continue to tell us all these crucial stories as it is not mentioned in the mass media of the present oil spills off of Texas and Louisiana coasts. These men are not to be trusted and only their eyes shine dollar signs- BIG OIL money and it is hideous to hear them speak as if they are scientific experts on weather and the security of the filthy oil industry.We have huge dead zones, pollution, run off from farms and fertilizers and trash and waste.......... How much more could the Gulf of Mexico take? Thank you for this coverage. The struggle continues.

WMNF continues to expose the truth

Thank you for exposing the truth as Stenholm and Charles Bronson continue to hammer away on the issue of drilling off our coast. Please continue to tell us all these crucial stories as it is not mentioned in the mass media of the present oil spills off of Texas and Louisiana coasts. These men are not to be trusted and only their eyes shine dollar signs- BIG OIL money and it is hideous to hear them speak as if they are scientific experts on weather and the security of the filthy oil industry.We have huge dead zones, pollution, run off from farms and fertilizers and trash and waste.......... How much more could the Gulf of Mexico take? Thank you for this coverage. The struggle continues.



Great story! And thank you for bringing it to light. If the stories about how bad oil (petroleum) is for us, from extraction all the way up to the toxic products we're allowed to buy, are not more readily available, then of course the next and only logical discussion is whether or not it is a lucrative industry. When oil is successfully replaced by another energy that proves to be just as beneficial–dollar wise–that is when you will see the numbers of supporters finally dwindle. Keep up the great work on keeping these stories up front. Please continue to educate people on the true dangers to public health, environment and our future that oil holds.



And here's another great something I didn't know, by another great journalist: Jim Hightower's latest article in The Progressive: "The New Oil Cheats" Jim reports that the rising cost of oil is NOT because of supply and demand, as the big oil companies would have us believe, but, because of how they are buying up oil derivatives. Funny part is - they don't have to report these purchases because the purchases are made with off-shore hedge funds and the like. Stories like this reveal Charlie Stenholm to be the bridge-selling crook peddling the false message that "we" need more oil. Take Sean Kinane's underlying message to heart and let your legislators know we won't let it happen.