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house Bill H.R. 205

Should Offshore Drilling be Banned Off Florida’s Coast?

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Offshore drilling off its coast would threaten Florida’s tourism and fishing industries as well as the state’s environment and U.S. military readiness. A permanent ban on offshore drilling off the Florida coast is the only way to protect the state and the U.S. from these potential impacts.

burrkitty's Opinion
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09/11/2019
Off shore drilling should be banned in all USA waters. Energy independence and security are better accomplished by RENEWABLE ENERGY. Which, by the way, will create MORE jobs, MORE economic development, and MORE national security than fossils fuel ever can. So. The first point is that there are a huge number of people employed in renewable energy jobs globally. There are almost 10 million of them around the world. Slightly over 3 million are employed in solar power. Large hydropower employs about 1.5 million people, and 1.2 million are in wind power employment. Advanced energy — which includes solar, wind, energy efficiency, energy storage and EVs — contributed $1.4 trillion to the global economy in 2016. (The US portion of this amount was $200 billion.) In the US, 45 has whinged on about the importance of coal jobs, but they actually aren’t all that significant when put in context. The US coal industry only employs about 76,000 workers, which is less than many industries. For example, used car dealerships have a total of about 138,000 workers, casinos employ about 99,000 people, as do travel agencies. Museums, radio stations, and breweries and wineries all have more workers than coal does. In fact, over 260,000 Americans are employed by the solar power industry, and that total blows away the number of coal jobs — it’s well over three times more! Imagine if strong solar power industries were stimulated in West Virginia and Ohio. Easily beating coal again is the wind power industry, with over 100,000 jobs. Also, NREL published an article in 2017 stating that wind power technician was the fastest growing job in the country. Funny how Trump doesn’t mention that, and actually has a history of complaining about wind power and suing to try to block wind farms. Another high-demand cleantech job is solar PV installer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for PV installers is about $39,000/yr. For the wind power service tech job, it is $52,000. Would you rather work outdoors in unpolluted air or in a coal mine breathing coal dust which may cause you to die prematurely? You might have noticed how dismal coal’s future looks and how bright it is for wind power. “To achieve 20% wind power by 2030, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the United States will require more than 100,000 additional wind turbines, creating more than 500,000 new jobs.” What was that … potentially 500,000 new wind power jobs? What coal jobs? They could retrain the whole coal industry and still need more than FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND MORE PEOPLE. So, if that estimate is accurate, there would be over 600,000 jobs in wind power just in the US. That figure might sound kind of nuts, but it has been referenced many times. “According to the Wind Vision Report, wind has the potential to support more than 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and supporting services by 2050.” At the state level, the numbers look promising too, Texas alone may have 31,500 wind power jobs by 2020, Colorado could have 22,000, and Iowa about 17,000. Another benefit is that wind turbines can be installed in rural areas at existing farms to provide much-needed income to local people. Here’s another fascinating example: “The report looked at the 23 largest wind farms in Illinois, finding that they will add almost $6 billion to local economies over their lifetimes and have resulted in the creation of more than 19,000 jobs during the construction periods. The projects will also support 814 permanent jobs in the state.” The Union of Concerned Scientists made a great point in one its recent articles on renewable energy: “Compared with fossil fuel technologies, which are typically mechanized and capital-intensive, the renewable energy industry is more labor intensive. Solar panels need humans to install them; wind farms need technicians for maintenance. This means that, on average, more jobs are created for each unit of electricity generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels.” That is true even when wind and solar power are cheaper for the customer. An NREL document backed up this insight as well. “There are two main reasons why renewable energy technologies offer an economic advantage: (1) they are labor intensive, so they generally create more jobs per dollar invested than conventional electricity generation technologies, and (2) they use primarily indigenous resources, so most of the energy dollars can be kept at home.” So, renewable energy can generate better jobs and more of them. Of course, renewable energy contributes more economically than only jobs and pollution reduction. An IRENA report includes a reference to how stimulating renewable energy investment can be. “Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global GDP by up to 1.1% or USD 1.3 trillion. The report shows that such a transition increases global GDP in 2030 between 0.6% and 1.1%, or between around USD 700 billion and USD 1.3 trillion compared to business as usual.” Another key, and very striking, benefit is how renewable energy investment can impact trade. “For fossil fuel importers, the switch to a greater share of renewables has potentially favourable trade implications. Reducing fuel imports can improve trade balance and improve GDP. The EU33 improves its net exports by USD 15 billion when the renewables share is doubled and by USD 21 billion in the higher electrification case.” According to an analysis conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, implementing a national 25% by 2025 renewable electric standard would result in the following benefits: “$263.4 billion in new capital investment for RE technologies, $13.5 billion in new landowner income from biomass production and/or wind land lease payments, and $11.5 billion in new property tax revenue for local communities. A single program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was very stimulating to the US national economy (at a critical time). “NREL’s analysis estimates that up to 75,000 direct and indirect jobs and up to $44 billion in total economic output were supported by the design, manufacturing, construction, and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind projects funded by the #1603 Treasury grant program. In addition, the study estimates that the operation and maintenance of these solar and wind facilities will continue to sustain up to $1.8 billion per year in economic output over the lifetime of the facilities (20–30 years).” Wind power has contributed greatly to the US economy in just in the last dozen years or so. “Since 2005, American wind power has attracted more than $100 billion in new investment. At the current rate, the wind industry is investing between $10 billion and $20 billion per year in the U.S. economy.” Another key point is the amount of manufacturing that takes place here in America. “Now, more than 50% of a U.S.-installed turbine’s value is produced in America, a twelve-fold increase from just a few years ago. Some turbine manufacturers plan to make 100% of their components in America, and the trend is expected to continue.” Currently, wind power contributes about $20 billion a year in value to the US economy, and it has been projected that amount will rise to $24 billion by 2020. Wind power is more stable than fossil fuels in this regard. “Because the electricity from wind farms is sold at a fixed price over a long period of time (e.g. 20+ years) and its fuel is free, wind energy mitigates the price uncertainty that fuel costs add to traditional sources of energy.” The Solar Foundation also released a report containing an astonishing figure — “the U.S. solar industry added $154 billion in economic output in 2016.” Researchers at UC Berkeley studied the climate and health benefits of solar and wind power in the US and came up with equally huge benefits. “The climate benefit estimates ranged from $5 billion to $106 billion, with an additional $30 billion to $113 billion in air quality and public health benefits. And that’s just the estimated economic benefits of the averted 3,000 to 12,000 premature deaths—it doesn’t count things like sub-lethal medical issues and lost productivity, much less the personal benefits to individual lives.” On the low end, the combined values are $35 billion in benefits. At the top, it has the number at $219 billion. And I’ve only talked about money. I haven’t talked about climate change at all. So once again sneakyPete, YOU ARE WRONG and you’re wrongness is abundantly and obviously provable. It’s amazing how science and facts work.
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Sandra 's Opinion
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09/11/2019
All offshore drilling needs to be banned. Period. Protect our oceans!!!
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Mildred's Opinion
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09/11/2019
Offshore drilling should not be allowed on any United States coast, not just Florida.
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Offshore drilling off the entire U.S. coastline, including off Florida’s coastline, is needed to ensure U.S. energy independence. Expanding offshore drilling will also create jobs, spur economic growth, and boost national security.

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09/11/2019
Just be sure to start in front of Mara lago.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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09/09/2019
Come On Democrats, Don’t Let The Environmentalist Run You Offshore drilling off the entire U.S. coastline, including off Florida’s coastline, is needed to ensure U.S. energy independence. Expanding offshore drilling will also create jobs, spur economic growth, and boost national security. SneakyPete..... 😾😾😾😾😾. M9.8.19.....
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JTJ's Opinion
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09/11/2019
No, energy independence is crucial to our security.
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    Off shore drilling should be banned in all USA waters. Energy independence and security are better accomplished by RENEWABLE ENERGY. Which, by the way, will create MORE jobs, MORE economic development, and MORE national security than fossils fuel ever can. So. The first point is that there are a huge number of people employed in renewable energy jobs globally. There are almost 10 million of them around the world. Slightly over 3 million are employed in solar power. Large hydropower employs about 1.5 million people, and 1.2 million are in wind power employment. Advanced energy — which includes solar, wind, energy efficiency, energy storage and EVs — contributed $1.4 trillion to the global economy in 2016. (The US portion of this amount was $200 billion.) In the US, 45 has whinged on about the importance of coal jobs, but they actually aren’t all that significant when put in context. The US coal industry only employs about 76,000 workers, which is less than many industries. For example, used car dealerships have a total of about 138,000 workers, casinos employ about 99,000 people, as do travel agencies. Museums, radio stations, and breweries and wineries all have more workers than coal does. In fact, over 260,000 Americans are employed by the solar power industry, and that total blows away the number of coal jobs — it’s well over three times more! Imagine if strong solar power industries were stimulated in West Virginia and Ohio. Easily beating coal again is the wind power industry, with over 100,000 jobs. Also, NREL published an article in 2017 stating that wind power technician was the fastest growing job in the country. Funny how Trump doesn’t mention that, and actually has a history of complaining about wind power and suing to try to block wind farms. Another high-demand cleantech job is solar PV installer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for PV installers is about $39,000/yr. For the wind power service tech job, it is $52,000. Would you rather work outdoors in unpolluted air or in a coal mine breathing coal dust which may cause you to die prematurely? You might have noticed how dismal coal’s future looks and how bright it is for wind power. “To achieve 20% wind power by 2030, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the United States will require more than 100,000 additional wind turbines, creating more than 500,000 new jobs.” What was that … potentially 500,000 new wind power jobs? What coal jobs? They could retrain the whole coal industry and still need more than FOUR HUNDRED THOUSAND MORE PEOPLE. So, if that estimate is accurate, there would be over 600,000 jobs in wind power just in the US. That figure might sound kind of nuts, but it has been referenced many times. “According to the Wind Vision Report, wind has the potential to support more than 600,000 jobs in manufacturing, installation, maintenance, and supporting services by 2050.” At the state level, the numbers look promising too, Texas alone may have 31,500 wind power jobs by 2020, Colorado could have 22,000, and Iowa about 17,000. Another benefit is that wind turbines can be installed in rural areas at existing farms to provide much-needed income to local people. Here’s another fascinating example: “The report looked at the 23 largest wind farms in Illinois, finding that they will add almost $6 billion to local economies over their lifetimes and have resulted in the creation of more than 19,000 jobs during the construction periods. The projects will also support 814 permanent jobs in the state.” The Union of Concerned Scientists made a great point in one its recent articles on renewable energy: “Compared with fossil fuel technologies, which are typically mechanized and capital-intensive, the renewable energy industry is more labor intensive. Solar panels need humans to install them; wind farms need technicians for maintenance. This means that, on average, more jobs are created for each unit of electricity generated from renewable sources than from fossil fuels.” That is true even when wind and solar power are cheaper for the customer. An NREL document backed up this insight as well. “There are two main reasons why renewable energy technologies offer an economic advantage: (1) they are labor intensive, so they generally create more jobs per dollar invested than conventional electricity generation technologies, and (2) they use primarily indigenous resources, so most of the energy dollars can be kept at home.” So, renewable energy can generate better jobs and more of them. Of course, renewable energy contributes more economically than only jobs and pollution reduction. An IRENA report includes a reference to how stimulating renewable energy investment can be. “Doubling the share of renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 would increase global GDP by up to 1.1% or USD 1.3 trillion. The report shows that such a transition increases global GDP in 2030 between 0.6% and 1.1%, or between around USD 700 billion and USD 1.3 trillion compared to business as usual.” Another key, and very striking, benefit is how renewable energy investment can impact trade. “For fossil fuel importers, the switch to a greater share of renewables has potentially favourable trade implications. Reducing fuel imports can improve trade balance and improve GDP. The EU33 improves its net exports by USD 15 billion when the renewables share is doubled and by USD 21 billion in the higher electrification case.” According to an analysis conducted by the Union of Concerned Scientists, implementing a national 25% by 2025 renewable electric standard would result in the following benefits: “$263.4 billion in new capital investment for RE technologies, $13.5 billion in new landowner income from biomass production and/or wind land lease payments, and $11.5 billion in new property tax revenue for local communities. A single program created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was very stimulating to the US national economy (at a critical time). “NREL’s analysis estimates that up to 75,000 direct and indirect jobs and up to $44 billion in total economic output were supported by the design, manufacturing, construction, and installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind projects funded by the #1603 Treasury grant program. In addition, the study estimates that the operation and maintenance of these solar and wind facilities will continue to sustain up to $1.8 billion per year in economic output over the lifetime of the facilities (20–30 years).” Wind power has contributed greatly to the US economy in just in the last dozen years or so. “Since 2005, American wind power has attracted more than $100 billion in new investment. At the current rate, the wind industry is investing between $10 billion and $20 billion per year in the U.S. economy.” Another key point is the amount of manufacturing that takes place here in America. “Now, more than 50% of a U.S.-installed turbine’s value is produced in America, a twelve-fold increase from just a few years ago. Some turbine manufacturers plan to make 100% of their components in America, and the trend is expected to continue.” Currently, wind power contributes about $20 billion a year in value to the US economy, and it has been projected that amount will rise to $24 billion by 2020. Wind power is more stable than fossil fuels in this regard. “Because the electricity from wind farms is sold at a fixed price over a long period of time (e.g. 20+ years) and its fuel is free, wind energy mitigates the price uncertainty that fuel costs add to traditional sources of energy.” The Solar Foundation also released a report containing an astonishing figure — “the U.S. solar industry added $154 billion in economic output in 2016.” Researchers at UC Berkeley studied the climate and health benefits of solar and wind power in the US and came up with equally huge benefits. “The climate benefit estimates ranged from $5 billion to $106 billion, with an additional $30 billion to $113 billion in air quality and public health benefits. And that’s just the estimated economic benefits of the averted 3,000 to 12,000 premature deaths—it doesn’t count things like sub-lethal medical issues and lost productivity, much less the personal benefits to individual lives.” On the low end, the combined values are $35 billion in benefits. At the top, it has the number at $219 billion. And I’ve only talked about money. I haven’t talked about climate change at all. So once again sneakyPete, YOU ARE WRONG and you’re wrongness is abundantly and obviously provable. It’s amazing how science and facts work.
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    Just be sure to start in front of Mara lago.
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    All offshore drilling needs to be banned. Period. Protect our oceans!!!
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    Offshore drilling should not be allowed on any United States coast, not just Florida.
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    Off shore drilling must stop. Why start something that will have to stop once we have a rationale government in place. If we (God forbid) do not dump trump, money will be pulled out quickly as the wealthy rush to find shelter from the ravages of unstoppable climate change. In the interim, it would be much quicker to drill on land. I understand that Mar-a-logo has some prime oil potential.
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    I'm not a fan of Florida and the far right that is Florida and I'm not the least concerned about their future because they support a person of trumps standards! I do support the ocean and its right to to be free of greed and destruction of drilling it's beautiful waters! Keep your hands off the oceans, they are already on a death spiral, do to human greed and carelessness!
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    Offshore drilling should be banned everywhere.
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    Again,two words Deepwater Horizon Let’s try really really hard to learn from our mistakes. Hmmmm ? 25th for the 45th 419 days till E day
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    Come On Democrats, Don’t Let The Environmentalist Run You Offshore drilling off the entire U.S. coastline, including off Florida’s coastline, is needed to ensure U.S. energy independence. Expanding offshore drilling will also create jobs, spur economic growth, and boost national security. SneakyPete..... 😾😾😾😾😾. M9.8.19.....
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    Can u imagine if Dorian hit that coast with oil rigs, or did u forget what happened with Hurricane Katrina?
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    The fossil fuel industry is trying to squeeze every dollar out of the earth at the cost of the health of the planet and the people. Ban drilling off the coast of florida, which is some of the most sensitive marine habitats in the US
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    We need to be moving our economy towards renewable resources as much as possible instead of relying on a quickly diminishing resource.
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    Severe environmental concerns for all living creatures is the number one reason to ban drilling anywhere. Look for safer alternative solutions to the problem.
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    In fact, it needs to be banned everywhere, and forever. The reliance on fossil fuels is an addiction, and like all addictions, it will kill us. It already is.
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    We don’t need more oil drilling! We need more solar, wind, and geothermal energy!
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    All efforts need to go toward renewable energy sources. Absolutely no new developments in greenhouse gas emitting energy sources are necessary. All currently existing sources of energy that contribute to climate change absolutely must be eliminated as soon as possible. Our representatives and senators have an obligation to listen to professionals and take legislative action when necessary. According to climate science, action was needed decades ago. Uphold your responsibility and fight against climate change.
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    No, energy independence is crucial to our security.
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    With how many Cat5 hurricanes we've had the last few years, drinking off of Florida would be a recipe for disaster. A Cat4/5 hurricane is going to knock out all of that and create huge spills in our ocean. More pollution that we don't need.
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    Renewable energy is cheaper and, well, renewable.
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    It should be banned everywhere. Go Green or go home.
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