First up is Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida. On the DOER Act:
Florida delegation has been urging a 100-mi buffer. There will be a compromise. The moratorium will be there for the first 50 miles, and an opt-in by the state legislature for the next 50 miles. The Bilirakis amendment will likely be defeated, for a 125-mile moratorium. I will support the 50-mile moratorium with 50-mile opt-in.
We’re moving in the direction in the Congress of realizing that we need to be tapping our own resources. A recent poll in the Miami Herald shows that a majority of people in Florida now support exploration, as long as it doesn’t hurt tourism. This will help Florida, and our tourism industry, as many people drive to Fla.
In the Senate, I think Sens. Martinez/Nelson might agree with the 50-50 compromise, as opinions have changed in Florida, and prices are going up. Also, given revenue sharing, this will provide funds for infrastructure and for education. This is a bonus for us. States will get money from the royalties.
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