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Bill Nelson lifts Senate hold on energy bill after winning off-shore concession

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Florida’s senior U.S. Sen Bill Nelson on Wednesday lifted a procedural hold he used to block the Senate energy bill after an amendment was withdrawn that would have rewarded states that have off-shore drilling. Nelson, a staunch opponent of off-shore drilling, particularly in the Atlantic Ocean or anywhere off Florida, lifted his hold, freeing the energy bill to move, after U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Louisiana Republican, withdrew the amendment that offended him, Nelson’s office announced Wednesday. The amendment would have steered…

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Bill Nelson hails Barack Obama’s ban of Atlantic oil drilling

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President Barack Obama reversed direction Tuesday and banned oil and gas drilling in the Atlantic Ocean through 2022, leading Florida’s U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson to hail the move as good news for people who live along the coast. “We are grateful that they did that, for the reasons that we have fought for years to keep drilling off the coast of Florida,” Nelson said in a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate Tuesday afternoon. In the morning, Obama’s Department…

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Jeff Greene calls on BP to invest $100 mil a year for 10 years for reparations for oil spill

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Jeff Greene, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, called on British Petroleum (BP) to invest $100 million dollars a year for 10 years in an escrow account that Florida can use for alternative energy, environmental cleanup, economic recovery, tourism promotion, and health-related issues as a result of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has now reached the Florida coast. The full policy proposal is included at the end of this post. “This is the worst environmental disaster…

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