Aug. 24–Question: Who, exactly, is Jeff Kottcamp?
Best answer: Who cares?
Actual answer: Former Lt. Gov. of the State of Florida.
If the name is totally unfamiliar you might ask yourself this question: Does he operate under the newspaper radar because he’s doing nothing wrong — or doing nothing?
If he were acting up, he’d be in the news. He is now.
Last week we published an editorial warning about the activities of a new entity, “Explore Offshore Florida,” that introduced itself in Tallahassee recently. Spokesman David Mica told reporters gathered, the coalition’s goal is “giving a voice to ‘unheard’ supporters who view domestic energy production as a job creator and a national security issue.”
He is also executive director of the Florida Petroleum Council.
In that same introductory meeting, Kottcamp — a co-chair of the group, explained in true cheerleader form, “We are not talking today, by the way, about ‘drill, baby drill.’ We’re talking about ‘explore, baby, explore.’ … Let’s find out what resources we have off the coast of Florida.”‘
… As if one has nothing to do with the other.
Kottcamp met with reporters again this week. Somebody on their side should stop him. He told a room full of reporters the BP Oil Spill “didn’t even reach the shores of Florida.”
He doubled-down on absurdity, stating, and ” … tar balls are naturally occurring.”
Being stupid is one thing. Expecting those whose business is the news to be equally challenged is another.
Let’s see. In 2014, four years after the spill that killed 11 and spewed 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Florida’s claims against BP were higher than any other state involved. At that time, there were 82,818 claims filed under the class-action lawsuit in Florida alone.
That same year, the Department of Environmental Protection discovered and removed much of a 1,250-pound tar mat in the surf off Pensacola Beach. Wonder how naturally occurring they are?
In 2015, the claims tapered off. In the final BP settlement, Florida was awarded $3.5 billion in damages. And the spill never reached our shores.
There’s not much more to say about his other than what the facts lay out.
What hucksters such as Kottcamp are spreading is much worse than “fake news.”
Its BP BS, meant to calm the populace into forgetting the real oil spill and the “exploration” that put that platform where it was when it created the worst unnatural disaster of modern times.
They’re singing a siren’s song of stupidity, betting Floridians will buy it when Rick Scott vacates the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke forgets the “arrangement” made in January to take Florida off the table for drilling in federal waters.
And that’s conveniently after helping put the environmental chameleon Rick Scott safely in the Senate, where he can do good things for the administration he’ll owe.
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