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Offshore Drilling

By: AP
By: AP

Gov. Jeb Bush's support for a proposal that would allow oil and gas drilling within 125 miles of Florida's shores puts him at odds with many other state politicians.

Other state lawmakers oppose any drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. That includes both of the state's U.S. senators.

Bush long has spoken of keeping drilling at least 100 miles from Florida's coasts although current presidential moratoriums in many cases push it much farther away.

That difference got little notice until last week when a congressional committee approved a bill that would have written the existing moratoriums into law through 2012. They now can be lifted by presidential decree. The bill then would have kept drilling at least 125 miles off Florida's coastlines.

The sponsor later pulled it from consideration by the full House after Bush and most of Florida's House members objected to other provisions.

Bush says it would be easy to just oppose all drilling, but adds that he's trying to get long-term protection for Florida's coastline.


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