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EnergyFLA UPDATE: Answering Your Questions About Energy FLA

This is the second part in the multi-part series detailing the EnergyFLA project.  In this post, I’ll answer the questions readers e-mailed to me regarding the first post.  To read the first post of the series that explains EnergyFLA, click here.

Q: Will the drills used to retrieve the oil be visible from the beach?  (Sandy R.)

A: Only if you’re looking for it through binoculars.  Temporary rigs will be built from 3 to 6 miles off of the shore, which will be far enough away to prevent visibility from the beach.  Also, technology has changed quite a bit since Florida last allowed offshore drilling in state waters.  The unsightly rigs of the late 80s have evolved into the nearly invisible rigs of today.  Don’t worry, the pristine views from the beach won’t be damaged at all.

Q: Gas prices are declining, so obviously supply is sufficient.  Why do we need more oil? (Robert M.)

A: While gas prices have decreased, it’s not because we’re producing more oil.  According to a study posted in the Washington Post, oil consumption nearly doubled production in the U.S., the biggest consumption vs. production gap in our nation’s history.  We turn to other suppliers for our oil; in fact, the U.S. is the number 1 oil importer in the world.

Q: Are we positive that oil is located off of Florida’s coasts? (Cindy C.)

A: Yes.  Some amount of oil is definitely located off of Florida’s coast.  Oil can be found in Jay and Blackjack oil fields, as well as in the Sunniland region.  In between these two areas are 4.5 million acres of unexplored ocean floor that experts believe could hold many more potential oil fields.  The goal of EnergyFLA is to explore potential areas oil and natural gas could be located.

Q: Will drilling hurt the sea life?  (Michael S.)

A: This is one of the most common misconceptions about offshore drilling.  States throughout the gulf manage to balance offshore drilling and a successful fishing industry.  Clearly, if it hasn’t caused a problem for the other gulf states, it wouldn’t cause a problem for Florida.

Q: I don’t live in Florida, why should I support this? (Steve L.)

A: That’s a great question.  Domestic offshore drilling will push the United States closer to energy independence.  We won’t have to rely on foreign nations to give us our energy because we’ll have it all here at home.  Domestic drilling also gives Americans the possibility for potentially lower gas prices.  Who wouldn’t won’t to pay a little less hard earned cash for gas?  Oh yeah, I’m not a resident of Florida either, but as you can see I realize the benefits this will have across the nation.

Q: How many jobs will this project create?  (Matt T.)

A: I think I covered this in the first post, but if you missed it I’ll review.  Offshore drilling in Florida will 20,000 additional permanent jobs.  When you factor in the manpower to get the drills going, you have 40,000 jobs created.  All of the additional jobs in addition to the increase in revenue will be a pleasant boost to Florida’s economy.

I still have several questions that I’ll save for another day, so if you have something you’d like to be answered, send it in!  I’ll be happy to answer it to the best of my ability.

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EnergyFLA.com: Check This Out!

If you missed my earlier post discussing what exactly EnergyFLA is, click here.

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EnergyFLA.com is the headquarters for information about the prospects of offshore drilling in Florida.  The site features an e-mail newsletter than fans of the project can easily sign up for and keep up-to-date with news straight from the core of EnergyFLA.  The site also featuers links for contacting the governor and legislature in Florida so you can let them know that you stand in firm support of the project.

Also very useful is the multi-media under the “Resources” tab.  This page features videos and interactive content that further explain the groups goals for offshore drilling in Florida.  If all this isn’t enough to convince you support the project, just head back to the homepage and look at the “Missed Economic Opportunity” bar where you can see possible funds for the state of Florida ticking away.

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What do you think of the EnergyFLA efforts?  Remember, send in your questions and check back Saturday to view answers to all of your questions regarding the project.

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Poll of the Day: Do You Support the EnergyFLA Project?

To read about what EnergyFLA is, click here to read the details.

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EnergyFLA: Securing Florida’s Future Through Energy Exploration, Part 1

This is the first in a multi-part series that expresses my support and gives the details of EnergyFLA, a group that is making efforts to allow exploration for energy sources off of Florida’s cost.

Question:  What’s a great way to increase energy production domestically, increase tax revenues, and produce jobs?  A good answer to that question is energy exploration in our own waters, and that’s just what EnergyFLA is trying to do.

EnergyFLA is a group of Floridians (is that what you call them?) that are coming together to push for oil exploration in Florida’s waters.  When you look at the facts and figures behind their mission, there’s really no argument against it.  Here’s a brief overview before I delve into the intense statistics in the next post:

  • Increased jobs for Florida.  I don’t live in Florida, but you can’t argue against an increase in jobs anywhere during this tough time.  The money paid for work done on this project would quickly be back in the states bank account by the massive revenue increase the drilling would bring about, so it’s not like Florida would be printing money it doesn’t, or won’t, have.
  • General Decrease in Gas Prices. If Florida proves to be a great source of energy, the United States would have an increased domestic supply, allowing us to rely less on countries in OPEC, therefore giving us more freedom over our gas prices.
  • Increased Revenue, Same Taxes. Conservative estimates show that the state of Florida could see a $31 billion increase in revenue over a 20 year period if offshore drilling is explored.  At a time when many are considering tax hikes to make up for deficits, this could be exactly what they need to push that budget out of the red.
  • More Reliability and Durability. With a ban placed on drilling from the shore to 10.35 miles out, Florida relies on other sources to get its fuel.  Nearly all of Florida’s fuel arrives to the state through merely 2 pipelines.  This leaves the state vulnerable to massive shortages of fuel if disaster were to strike.  During Katrina, for instance, the entire state nearly experienced a “blackout” of fuel due to pipeline damage.  Drilling off the shores of Florida would provide many more entry points for fuel into the state.
  • The Fuel is There, Why Not Use it? It’s been proven that the oil is there, some studies show that Florida’s oil fields rival those of East Texas.  Jay and Blackjack fields hold enough fuel for 1 billion barrels, the Sunniland region holds a similar amount, and right in between the 3 is 4.5 million acres of unexplored ocean floor that is sure to hold billions more barrels of fuel.

With all these statistics and facts showing the promise of offshore drilling in Florida, it seems clear that this is a necessary step we must take in the face of declining oil production and a shrinking economy.  If you’re a resident of Florida, be sure and let your state representative know that you support offshore drilling and all of it’s many benefits!

To visit the online headquarters for EnergyFLA, click here.  Be sure and look for my next post on the EnergyFLA project, where I’ll answer questions sent in by you, the readers.  If you have any questions, e-mail them to me at theconservativejournal@gmail.com.

What do you think of the EnergyFLA project?  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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