U.S. Senator Bill Nelson supports Obama oil drilling plan

03/31/10 Seán Kinane
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Florida’s Democratic U.S. Senator Bill Nelson has long opposed drilling of the coasts of the state. But today he responded favorably to President Obama’s announcement to consider drilling along much of the Atlantic coast, including Florida.

“I’ve talked many times to [Interior Department] Secretary [Ken] Salazar and told him that if they drilled too close to Florida’s beaches they’d be risking the state’s economy and the environment. I believe this plan shows they heeded that concern. And it ought to derail the scheme in the Florida Legislature to drill just three miles offshore. Now I need to hear from Defense Secretary Robert Gates. And I want him to look me in the eye and assure me that this plan will not compromise national security by interfering with the unfettered space that we have for training and testing our most sophisticated military weapons systems.”

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