Campaign 2010

Jun 25, 2008

Tom Feeney Support Bush-McCain Drilling Plan, Puts Big Oil Over Priorities of Florida

The government's top energy forecaster stressed today that allowing oil drilling in U.S. offshore waters would do little to lower gasoline prices (Reuters, 6/25/08).  Yet, Tom Feeney continues to support the Bush-McCain plan to give Big Oil a blank check to drill off Florida's coasts.  

 

"Representative Tom Feeney wants oil companies to drill just 14 miles off of Florida's coasts, even though it will do almost nothing to help middle class Floridians who are being squeezed at the pump and puts at risk the local tourism industry, an engine of Florida's economy," said Kyra Jennings, Southern Regional Press Secretary for the DCCC.  "The people of Florida's Space Coast deserve a leader like Suzanne Kosmas who will stand up for their priorities, instead of Tom Feeney who lets Big Oil, President Bush and Senator McCain make his decisions for them."

 

Tom Feeney has taken $17,600 from the Oil and Gas industry, showing why he is willing to sell out their state's coasts even when it gives no benefit to Floridians.  It also explains his vote yesterday evening against the Federal Price Gouging Protection Act, which would have provided Floridians with immediate protection against price gouging by oil companies.  

 

Background

 

  • Today, Guy Caruso, the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration appointed by President Bush, said that drilling off Florida's coasts "doesn't affect prices that much." [More offshore drilling does little at the pump: EIA, Reuters, 6/25/08]

 

  • Last week, Tom Feeney said Big Oil would have to pass a "10th-floor condo test", which energy executives recently said would put rigs at least 14 miles offshore. [Drill, Florida's GOP lawmakers say, Orlando Sentinel, 6/19/08]

 

  • Last Month, Representative Feeney voted to expand oil and gas drilling leases in OCS and ANWR. [Roll Call 321]

 

  • Yesterday, Representative Feeney opposed the Federal Price Gouging Protection Act which would have provided consumers with immediate protection against price gouging [H.R. 6346; roll call vote # 448]

 

  • Tom Feeney has received $17,600 from oil and gas companies since he has run for Congress [opensecrets.org; accessed 6/25/08]