What should be top priorities regarding Gulf Oil Spill?

Indicate your top three among the following priorities:

  • Keep oil rigs away from states like Florida.
  • Raise the legal cap on damages from $75m to at least $10 billion.
  • Find out if there’s oil beneath surface, & what threat might be.
  • Provide tax breaks for small businesses hurt by the spill.
  • Develop legislation to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels.
  • Put those most responsible for the spill behind bars.
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Senator Bill Nelson sent me a survey and I wanted to see what people here would say about it.

He said

"Now that BP has at least temporarily stopped oil gushing from its Gulf well, we can all breathe of a bit of a sigh of relief–but not for long.

We need to see what happens with the relief well expected to be done in August. And even then, our work will only have begun.

That’s why I want to hear from you now. I’d like to know what you think the country’s priorities should be regarding the Deepwater Horizon spill. Please take a minute and fill out the survey below.

I’ll share the results with you in a couple of weeks and use your feedback going forward."

When he shares the results with me I’ll post them here for comaprison.

I had to edit the options to make them fit this format. The full text of the options were:

[ ] 	Keep oil rigs away from states like Florida that rely on tourism, fishing and beach-front economies.
 	 
[ ] 	Raise the legal cap on damages companies would owe from an oil spill from $75 million to at least $10 billion.
 	 
[ ] 	Find out whether there’s a lot of oil from the Gulf spill beneath the surface, and what the long-term threat might be.
 	 
[ ] 	Provide tax breaks for small businesses hurt by the spill and for employers who hire workers displaced by it.
 	 
[ ] 	Develop comprehensive energy legislation to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, like foreign oil.
 	 
[ ] 	Conduct a criminal investigation and put those most responsible for the spill behind bars.

Just wanted to send my sympathies… not that my senators aren’t worse.

Yes, there are worse than Nelson IMO. We’re also going to send Governor Crist to Washington in next year. The only thing worse than a politician who acts like politician is one who denies acting like one, and acts like one any way. Nelson and Crist are both in the first category IMO.

I heard an interesting distinction at a meeting I attended this evening. An official who acts for his/her corporate/rich sponsors is a politician, and one who acts on behalf of her/his constituents is a political leader. Crist might have some potential as a people-firster, but certainly not Nelson. And it’s very possible that Crist will yield to some corporate pressure and corruption once elected. Very often, people campaign one way and govern another.

Crist quickly jumped at the opportunity to get to Washington. So far, I don’t think he has shown the qualities necessary to be a leader there. But it looks like he may be a preferable to the Republican or the Democratic candidates.

I think Crist is your best choice. He has some good qualities. You could do a lot worse with the tea party candidate.

I think we should Blame Obama because he has not done enough.

Also, we should Blame Obama because i assume he will spend too much tax payer money, because uh i think taxes are evil.

Also, Obama should NOT increase the liability cap from $75mil because we love gigantic businesses. (republitards oppose this, officially)

Therefore, DOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

WHAT DO I THINK!?!?!? Ban fox news. I can’t tell you how much i want negative things for them. It would be illegal.

And you know Obama spends way too much time on vacation. And being a Muslin, next think you know he’ll be off to Mecka kowtowing to all those Ayrabbs.

How much do I hate fux news, let me count the ways…

Can you believe that Obama actually spends so much vacation time, that if you were to compare it to Dubya’s, the ratio would be non-zero AND a real number?!? YER NEED TO DIVIDE BY ZERO JIGABOO!!!

Really, the very specific things that i want to happen to anyone involved at Fox News, they are all very illegal. It would be illegal for me to describe them at all.

It wasn’t like this when Dubya reigned and people thought they hated CNN. It wasn’t like this… I swear… it was like 3 years ago… can’t you all remember??? So different…

If you can’t remember, you must read a book called 1984. If you hate Obama and love Republitards, you can not be a smartiepants ILP poster unless you have read 1984. The book is about replublitards, not Obama.

This whole oil thing and the unbelievable opinions expressed on our most profitable news network are a black and white guilty verdict for america. You are guilty of being dumbfuckups. I live here and i insult you every chance i get, i dont care if youre my dad or boss (i viciously insult both with nothing but facts that they dont know how to face. it has to be done.)

I vote to cut the bullshit hypocrisy and PR pot-shots. Bhupal anyone?

Results from Senator Bill Nelson:

September 1, 2010

Dear Felix,

I heard from nearly 18,000 Floridians who responded to my recent survey stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The action wanted by the most people was getting Congress to act quickly on measures designed to ease our dependence on oil.

I couldn’t agree more. Our government must enact a national program to transition us from petroleum to alternative and synthetic fuels–and we need to act with the same urgency that led us to reach the moon within the 1960s. We also need more solar, wind and thermal energy, and safer nuclear power.

Survey Results
Keep oil rigs away from states like Florida that rely on tourism, fishing and beach-front economies. 15.58%
Raise the legal cap on damages companies would owe from an oil spill from $75 million to at least $10 billion. 18.76%
Find out whether there’s a lot of oil from the Gulf spill beneath the surface, and what the long-term threat might be. 17.75%
Provide tax breaks for small businesses hurt by the spill and for employers who hire workers displaced by it. 15.84%
Develop comprehensive energy legislation to decrease our reliance on fossil fuels, like foreign oil. 21.36%
Conduct a criminal investigation and put those most responsible for the spill behind bars. 10.71%

The next most important thing for respondents was lifting the cap on damages companies owe when an oil spill happens. I’ve already proposed legislation to raise the cap from its current $75 million level to at least $10 billion. I’ve also called for a congressional inquiry into BP’s plans to use steep losses from the oil spill to cut its U.S. tax bill by $10 billion, which would amount to about half what they have pledged to aid Gulf coast victims of the catastrophe.

Investigating and evaluating the long-term effects of oil beneath the surface of the Gulf was a priority for 18 percent of the respondents. I introduced the Subsea Hydrocarbon Imagery and Planning Act of 2010 to require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to come up with a comprehensive plan to find and assess the environmental and health risks posed by submerged oil, gas, and other toxic substances. I’ve called for a federal investigation on the widespread use of dispersants, because the toxic brew they’ve created could result in greater environmental troubles than if the oil had been allowed to sit on the surface until it was collected. And, I’ve met with marine scientists at our state universities who are conducting research to find out if the oil and dispersants are affecting tiny micro-organisms that are the foundation of the food chain. I will press BP to pay for more of that research.

Fifteen percent of those who answered the survey emphasized the importance of tax breaks for small businesses hurt by the spill and workers displaced by it. Another 15 percent want to keep oil companies away from states like Florida that rely on tourism, fishing, and beach-front economies, and cannot afford the risk that accompanies drilling close to the coast. And 11 percent are in favor of a criminal investigation that would put those most responsible for the spill behind bars.

Of course, not everyone agreed about keeping oil drilling away from Florida. For instance, one person wrote, “I just got your survey regarding the oil spill and my priority isn’t listed. My priority is to drill, drill, drill.” Another wrote, “I’m all in favor of drilling anywhere and everywhere there is oil to be had. That includes in ANWAR and off the coast of Florida.”

No one is advocating we cease all domestic drilling. In fact, our government already has leased 68 million new acres to the oil companies – but, they haven’t even sunk the first well. No matter what anybody says, the U.S. has only three percent of the world’s reserves, while it uses nearly one-fourth of the world’s supply. In other words, we cannot drill our way out of the energy problem. That’s why the answer lies in alternatives to oil.

Your feedback is important and helpful to me as we continue to deal with the effects of the Deepwater explosion and spill. Thank you for sharing your opinions with me.