What do Vice President Dick Cheney and U.S. Representative John Linder (R – Georgia) have in common?
They’re both making the same false claim that China is drilling for oil off the coast of Florida in Cuban waters.
Vice President Dick Cheney, in a speech last Wednesday to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce quoted a column by George Will, who wrote last week that “drilling is under way 60 miles off Florida. The drilling is being done by China, in cooperation with Cuba, which is drilling closer to South Florida than U.S. companies are.” [Source: Miami Herald, 6/12/2008]
Today, in an op-ed column featured in the Gwinnett Daily Post, Congressman John Linder repeated the Vice President’s claim:
Floridians oppose drilling 125 miles off shore for fear of a spill harming their beaches. However, China is drilling 50 miles from Key West on behalf of Cuba, which will then sell the oil to China. Why do we want them to have oil we could have?
Source: 6/17/2008 Gwinnett Daily Post op-ed “Increase oil supply and prices will drop”
Vice President Cheney’s office was forced to issue a correction after Cheney made this claim. Even Republican Senator Mel Martinez, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, stated that “Any talk of using some fabricated Cuba-China connection as an argument to change U.S. policy has no merit.” He also said, “Reports to the contrary are simply false. They are akin to urban legends.” [Source: Miami Herald, 6/12/08]
Americans are paying an average of $4.08 for a gallon of gas and all they’re getting are lies and ‘urban legends’ from Republicans.
If Republican Members of Congress, like John Linder, can’t be trusted to tell the truth about where oil is being drilled, they certainly can’t be trusted to do anything meaningful to lower the price of gas. Americans struggling to afford to fill their gas tanks deserve better than fear mongering and lies about gas prices from Republicans.