Is it even possible for anyone to be more short-sighted and misguided than this man?
From State Rep. Jerry Keen (R-St. Simons Island):
"I'm supporting the [Obama] decision, and hopefully we'll get some good, clean exploratory drilling going on out there in the near future," Keen said. "There are some safeguards in place to make sure you don't have a gold-rush situation with a bunch of cowboy explorations going on that could damage the reefs or the oceans or the wildlife."
"The good news for us is Virginia gets to be the guinea pig," he said. "If things go well there, they can transfer that technology to our coast and we should be fine."
From "Online Athens" - "A report released by Environment Georgia last year found that our beaches and ocean provide jobs from tourism, commercial fishing and recreational fishing conservatively valued at $1.3 billion per year. The value of tourism and fishing in the South Atlantic is 20.8 times larger than the oil and gas resources that might be found. It makes no sense to threaten our coast with spills when we're about to unleash the real solutions to oil dependence - cleaner cars and cleaner fuels."
http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9ER6E780.htm Of course Gov. Perdue has always been a proponent of off-shore drilling.