Why Is All The Good News Being Ignored?

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Editor:

With our dependence on foreign oil, which is a critical economic and national issue and with billions of barrels of crude oil sitting off Florida, why was the subject of it being left out of the Republican and Democratic debates?

Why is the media ignoring all the good news stuff?

Enviro/wackos who oppose drilling in the Gulf should know that none other than Fidel Castro is taking advantage of our Outer Shelf. Cuba has gleaned $11.7 billion from oil and gas drilling, as close as 60 miles from our Florida coast since 2004, according to Representative John Peterson of Pennsylvania.

Lease area 184 off the Gulf Coast of Florida is estimated to contain 1.25 billion barrels of recoverable oil and some 6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, enough to heat 6 million homes for 15 years.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimates the North Cuban Basin contains some 4.6 billion barrels of oil. Senator John McCain has voted against drilling in ANWR four times and has expressed no passion for developing domestic sources of energy. Why?

Cuba has made a deal with China and Brazil to explore for oil in its half of the Florida Strait using Chinese-made drilling equipment. Their safety record is not good and never has been.

The North Sea is full of oil and gas rigs and of all the damage done by Katrina to our existing oil and gas rigs, vast oil spills were not a problem.

According to the Department of the Interior, since 1985 more than 7 billion barrels of oil have been produced in U.S. federal waters, with less than 0.001 percent spilled. More oil has been leaked to our beaches from motorboats and jet skis than oil and gas operations.

Drilling and producing oil and gas from these areas will reduce our dependence on foreign oil, increase our supply, reduce energy cost and create American jobs, as well as reduce the chances of a recession. Some politicians and enviro/wackos just don't get it.

The agreement with the federal and state governments was a 100-mile limit as I recall, since then it has been increased to a 120-mile limit.

Ed Welge

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