Watching Government
Fueling Florida

The Sunshine State doesn't get nearly enough heat for its selfish attitude toward oil and gas production.Florida ranks 8th among U.S. states in total energy consumption. It has minuscule oil and gas production and imported 806,000 b/d of petroleum to supply half of its energy needs in 1996.Natural gas use was 485 bcf in 1997, and several pipelines are proposed to bring in more Gulf of Mexico supplies to meet soaring demand.That's fine with Florida, as long as the gas comes from somewhere else.The state has been successful in thwarting exploration off most of its coast. Now it wants the whole cake.Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.) is pushing an antidevelopment bill that he says has the sup...

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