Katherine Harris on Energy & Oil

Republican Representative (FL-13)

Drilling ANWR is like a postage stamp on a football field

Q: Both of you agreed to allow oil drilling, at a distance, off Florida's coast. Should we drill elsewhere, or wean America off of oil?

HARRIS: The most important thing we can do is become energy-independent from Middle East oil. There are a number of alternatives to drilling in the Gulf, including wind and solar and biofuels. But very importantly, if we don't want to drill in the Gulf, there's an enormous opportunity to drill in ANWR. It's the equivalent to having a football field and putting a postage stamp in the middle of it. That would supply the equivalent of 29 years of energy to Florida. Unfortunately, my opponent continues to vote against exciting opportunities like that.

NELSON: The problem with folks who want to drill, drill, drill is that the US only has 3% of the world's oil reserves but consumes 25% of the world's oil production. You can't drill your way out of the problem. You've got to go to the alternative sources, such as ethanol. Hybrids. Utilizing more conservation.

Source: FL 2006 Senate Debate moderated by PBS' Linda O'Brien Oct 23, 2006

Prevent Orimulsion use; no offshore drilling near FL

Harris has always been a strong supporter of protecting Florida's natural resources. In fact, Harris led the fight, along with several environmental organizations, to fight the importation and use of Orimulsion. This dirty fuel, in the event of a spill, would have been disastrous to our beautiful backyard. We must all be diligent & prepared to fight any offshore oil drilling plans that may be too close to our world-renowned beaches and estuaries.
Source: Campaign website, www. ElectHarris.org, "Issues" Oct 27, 2002

Voted YES on scheduling permitting for new oil refinieries.