by Paul Hollrah –
Here’s the problem I have with Jeb Bush… other than his poor posture. During all the years he was governor he failed to play straight with the people of Florida regarding the dangers of offshore drilling.
In order of magnitude, by far the greatest amount of oil pollution in our oceans comes from discarded engine oil. When Barbra Streisand, Martin Sheen, and Robert Kennedy, Jr. have the oil changed in their SUVs, a portion of that used oil ends up in our rivers, streams, and oceans. A Smithsonian Institution study tells us that 59.1% of beach pollution, some 363,000,000 gallons per year, comes from that source.
Routine maintenance on ocean-going vessels accounts for another 137,000,000 gallons per year (22.3%), natural seeps from fissures in the ocean floor account for some 62,000,000 gallons per year (10.1%), major oil-handling mishaps account for approximately 37,000,000 gallons (6.0%), and spills related to offshore oil production account for some 15,000,000 gallons per year, or just slightly more than 2.4% of the total.
Jeb knew all of these things, but so far as I know he never tried to educate the anti-oil tree-huggers in Florida because he thought it might be damaging to him politically. If he would do that in Florida on the subject of offshore drilling, where else would he pull his punches?