With spill in rear view and expensive gas, 'Drill, baby, drill' again?

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Two key figures in state government said Tuesday that despite rising gas prices, it? not yet time to open the Gulf of Mexico to new oil drilling. Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Dean Cannon said they?e not convinced that another spill like the one that shut down the northern Gulf coast last year is completely avoidable, reports David Royse of the News Service of Florida. Opponents of ?rill baby drill,?thought they had heard the last of it, because of the simple retort of spill, baby, spill, after the Deepwater Horizon explosion last year brought the northern Gulf coast economy to a stop. But with gas once again nearing the $4 a gallon mark in Florida, slowly, the discussion of opening areas of ocean near Florida to new drilling is coming back, just a year after the spill. But even as politicians from members of Congress to state Senate President Mike Haridopolos again call for new drilling, both Scott and Cannon said it? not time. ?e have to look at offshore drilling, but we can? do it unless we?e very comfortable it? safe,?Scott said in an interview Tuesday with the News Service of Florida. ?f it? not safe we?e going to ruin our beaches

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