Drilling After the Oil Spill
Florida lawmakers have commissioned reports and held hearings as they explore opening state-controlled waters for oil and gas exploration. The question of offshore drilling has been floating around Tallahassee for years, and it looked like the incoming leadership in the Legislature was poised to allow drilling closer to Florida’s Gulf coast than ever before. But then Deepwater Horizon exploded in April and oil has been pouring into the Gulf ever since. We’ll look at how that’s changed the state’s offshore drilling conversation.
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Frank Alcock describes four "take-away" ideas from the drilling report he co-authored for the Collins Center for Public Policy and the Century Commission. (2:38)
Alcock says he's left with a single question as he watches BP's efforts to stop the flow of oil from a busted well in the Gulf: was this blowout so unforeseeable that the company had no contingency plan for it? (1:57)
Alcock explains why he thinks the Deepwater Horizon oil spill could be the catalyst that gets people thinking more about new sources of energy. (2:09)
Will Weatherford and Keith Fitzgerald talk about some of the other oil resources that will become economically feasible as the price for oil and gas rises. They also say it is important to explore new forms of energy. (3:22)
Weatherford and Fitzgerald talk about why polls still show a fairly even split of support for and opposition to offshore drilling despite the ongoing spill in the Gulf. (2:39)
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