The Shifting Politics of Oil: Rep. John Mica

TAMPA (2010-06-25) -

Rep. John Mica, R-Maitland, has consistently championed drilling off Florida's coast. He contends that most of the past restrictions on drilling were based on politics instead of sound science.

Before the spill: Mica has consistently supported offshore drilling. Mica contends it can safely be conducted out of sight of the state's beaches.

Mica also leads the state's Congressional delegation in campaign contributors from the oil and gas industry — more than $100,000 since 1990, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Mica's brother, David Mica, is executive director of the pro-drilling Florida Petroleum Council, and his daughter's PR firm did some work for the oil and gas industry.

~ WUSF Public Broadcasting, 6/8/10

Mica noted that he voted to drill in the Everglades as a member of the Florida House in the 1970's when his brother was still in college.

~ Foxnews.com, 5/27/10

After the spill: Despite the spill in the Gulf, Mica has remained firm in his pro-drilling stance.

"My position on drilling for gas and oil remain the same. I have always advocated drilling based on sound science, technology and employing safe measures, taking into consideration depths and currents. Unfortunately most of the past restrictions on drilling have been based on politics rather than sound science and safe procedures."

~ Tampabay.com, 5/13/10

Mica has blamed the oil spill on the Obama Administration, developing what he called an "Obama Oil Spill Timeline" which points out that BP's oil recovery plan was approved two-and-a-half months after Obama took office.

~ WUSF Public Broadcasting, 6/8/10

From "Drill, Baby, Drill" to "Spill, Baby, Spill" - the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf has some elected leaders and political candidates scrambling to point out their opposition to offshore drilling - even if they once thought it was a good idea. WUSF has determined where our politicians stood before, and where they stand now on oil drilling.

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