As noted here last week, it appears that a couple of RRL readers noticed it too.
Regarding U.S. Congressman John Carter’s recent guest opinion, which appeared under the headline: “America must increase exploration for the sake of energy independence.”
Perhaps Mr. Carter, in his rush to push a less than credible GOP agenda, seemingly at the expense of the facts, might like to recheck his statement that “China and Cuba are setting up off shore drilling rigs just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.”
It took me all of two minutes to refute this baseless assertion and I believe Mr. Carter’s saying this simply reflects a norm of, at a minimum, the GOP’s playing fast and loose with the facts.
Like Vice President Cheney, who started this rumor, it seems as though Mr. Carter also has ‘”erred” in this assertion.
The way things go in government these days, I’m not expecting a retraction.
Nothing new here, folks.
The representative from Exxon, John Carter, tells us in his latest spin “China and Cuba are setting up off-shore drilling rigs just 50 miles off the coast of Florida.”
This myth, apparently made up by Carter’s leader, “Dick (“We will be greeted as liberators.”) Cheney, has been disputed by U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, Republican of Florida, and by petroleum industry experts at the University of Miami.
Senator Martinez opposes drilling (not in my backyard) off his state’s coast, but is for drilling in Alaska’s Artic National Wildlife Refuge(ANWR)