Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Misery By The Numbers

Misery By The Numbers

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The real jobs killer in the gulf

The partisan rhetoric from Florida Republicans criticizing President Barack Obama’s rational decision to reverse his oil drilling plan for the eastern Gulf of Mexico was predictable — and downright wrong. Obama’s embrace of a drilling ban won’t kill Florida jobs; it will save them. As the painful events of last summer illustrated, even a spill far from Florida shores kills jobs. Far more Floridians have been harmed financially by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill than the 1,000 to 2,500 new jobs the U.S. Minerals Management Service anticipated in Florida from expanded drilling in the eastern gulf.

The rhetoric The reality

rickscott_Gov.-elect Rick Scott “The Obama administration’s offshore drilling ban is yet another example of government regulation impeding economic growth.”

Senate President Mike Haridopolos

“It’s another example of a job-killing policy led by the president and, unfortunately, embraced by Senator Bill Nelson.”

marco-rubio-U.S. Sen.-elect Marco Rubio “I believe the administration’s new policy is an obstacle to job creation

In the Gulf Coast states, since the Deepwater Horizon spill:

107,655 people have lost wages or property

41,644 of them are Floridians

36,834 businesses have lost earnings or property

15,923 of them are in Florida

212,104 more people and businesses are still awaiting their claims to be processed for losses

66,975 are in Florida

Source: Gulf Coast Claims Facility

article source: The real jobs killer in the gulf – St. Petersburg Times

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