Explore Offshore Makes Their Case for More Energy Exploration off Florida Coasts

August 15, 2018

The American Petroleum Institute (API) brought its "Explore Offshore" efforts to Florida on Wednesday, calling on expanding energy exploration efforts including in the eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic seaboard.

The national "Explore Offshore" campaign, which was launched in June, is led by former U.S. Veterans Affairs Sec. Jim Nicholson, who led the Republican National Committee (RNC), and former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 election cycle.

Leading the "Explore Offshore" efforts in Florida are former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp and Dr. Miriam Ramirez who served in the Senate of Puerto Rico. Kottkamp served under then Gov. Charlie Crist who has opposed drilling in the Gulf, even calling for a special legislative session on the issue. Crist held that special session after the massive oil spill in the Gulf in 2010. However, while Crist started drifting to the left and that and other issues to run for the U.S. Senate in 2010 with no party affiliation and eventually join the Democrats, Kottkamp has remained a conservative Republican.

Nicholson was in Tallahassee on Wednesday and made the case for expanding energy exploration in the Sunshine State.

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