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CARLOS GIMENEZ Voted Against Offshore Oil Drilling (Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate)

Posted by FactReal on May 16, 2011

CAN YOU BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND VOTE AGAINST OIL DRILLING?
In May 2010, Gimenez joined other commissioners to pass Resolution R-572-10 to support “the continuation of the federal moratorium on offshore oil and gas drilling” and to urge the U.S. Congress “not to allow for such offshore drilling; opposing any effort by the Florida Legislature to allow for offshore drilling near the Florida coast.”

On top of that: Commissioners asked “County’s lobbyists to develop strategies to ensure that the County received as much assistance as possible from the $25 million pledged to the State Of Florida by the British Petroleum Oil Company (BP).”

On top of that: Commissioners urged the U.S. Congress “to instead direct federal resources towards more meaningful long-term solutions for our energy needs, such as conservation measures and development of alternative energy sources.”

But once again their alarmist predictions didn’t happen. Most of the BP oil simply disappeared. Even the pro-global-warming Obama’s Energy Czar Carol Browner, and NOAA had to accept the fact that most of BP spill oil was gone from the Gulf on its own.

In brief, the commissioners used lobbyists to try to a great slice of BP’s monetary pledge and federal resources to finance their own pet projects, i.e., alternative energy souces (solar, wind, etc.)

Here is how the County commissioners voted:

NOTES TO PONDER
Do the commissioners know about Cuba’s plan to drill for oil less than 75 miles off the Florida Keys and deeper than BP’s Deepwater Horizon well? If we don’t drill, Cuba will.
SOURCES
http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/matter.asp?matter=101223&file=true&yearFolder=Y2010, http://www.miamidade.gov/govaction/legistarfiles/MinMatters/Y2010/101223min.pdf
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More on Carlos Gimenez’s votes here.
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