"I will make it short and to the point: The president's proposal for offshore drilling is dead on arrival," Bill Nelson said Tuesday.
Nelson, a longtime offshore drilling opponent, appeared at a Capitol Hill press conference to mark the second week anniversary of the oil explosion with fellow drilling foes, New Jersey Sens. Bob Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, who vowed to oppose any climate change legislation that includes increased offshore drilling.
"There are plenty of reasons environmentally and economically to avoid what is happening as we speak, with 5,000 gallons gushing from an underseas volcano every day," Nelson said. "This is the battle we have been fighting in Florida and sadly it now takes this environmental and economic disaster to remind everyone how lethal oil production is, even when its 42 miles off the Louisiana coast."
Obama had hoped the suggestion of more oil drilling would entice some lawmakers to embrace climate change legislation, but Nelson said he's told lawmakers that if "offshore drilling off the coast of the US is part of it, this legislation isn't going anywhere. And it's especially not going anywhere if it's off the coast of Florida.
"If I have to do a filibuster...I will do so again," he said.