Cheney: China is drilling in Cuba; Martinez: No, it isn’t | Naked Politics
Florida’s Mel Martinez took to the Senate floor today to refute Republican assertions that China is drilling off the coast of Cuba.
“Reports to the contrary are simply false,” Martinez said. “They are akin to urban legends. China drilling off the coast of Cuba only 60 miles from the Keys, that is not taking place…”
Republicans have pushed the “someone is drilling 60 miles off the Florida coast” for 2 years to back up efforts to open the coastline up to drilling. But experts familiar with the situation say there’s no proof.
That’s not stopping the story from making the rounds: speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce vice president Dick Cheney today quoted columnist George Will as saying “oil is being drilled right now 60 miles off the coast of Florida…”