WASHINGTON - The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today announced that Rep. Clay Shaw (FL-22) has joined Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Katherine Harris (FL-13) as a member of the "Florida Varsity Flip-Flop Team" with his reversal on offshore oil drilling. In the past, Rep. Shaw has stated his opposition to drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico, but now says he "likes the idea" of moving oil rigs closer to Florida's western coast. (Gulf drilling to play role in contest for Shaw's House seat, Palm Beach Post, 10/8/05; "Drilling for Gulf Oil Gains Support," St. Petersburg Times, 9/16/05)
"The flip-flops keep coming with Rep. Shaw being the latest member to join the team," said LCV FL Campaign Manager Shirin Bidel-Niyat. "It appears that Rep. Shaw would rather side with Big Oil, Gov. Bush and anti-environmental legislators in Congress who want to erect drilling rigs off the state's coast than the majority of Floridians who want to protect their beaches and coastal communities from the threat of an oil spill."
In the coming weeks, the House may consider legislation to allow for drilling 125 miles from Florida's coasts, including in areas of the Eastern Gulf where in the past there has been bipartisan support from members of the Florida congressional delegation to block drilling.
Last week, LCV announced the Florida Varsity Flip-Flop Team with its founding members, Rep. Katherine Harris and Gov. Jeb Bush. Both have made inconsistent statements regarding offshore drilling in the past few weeks and months. In Rep. Harris' case, she has also cast conflicting votes on energy legislation promoting drilling in Florida waters.