June 16, 2014

Senator Tim Scott Attempts to Build Support for Offshore Oil Drilling Legislation With Pictures of Windmills

tscottHow do you sell offshore oil drilling to a public that has grown skeptical after years of spills and deadly disasters?

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) has a website promoting the four pillars of his policy agenda. On energy, the Scott site features the Southern Energy Access Jobs Act (SEA Jobs Act), which would reverse “the Obama administration’s moratorium on offshore Atlantic energy production and create one single ‘South Atlantic’ offshore energy planning area, comprised of South Carolina, North Carolina Georgia, and Virginia.” Offshore drilling lobbyists, including National Ocean Industries Association president Randall B. Luthi, have called Scott’s effort to open up more of the Outer Continental Shelf for oil and gas drilling a “giant leap” in the right direction.

To build public support, Scott has a less than straight forward way of depicting his fossil fuel-friendly bill.

The senator’s website shows the following image of windmills for the SEA Jobs Act. See a screenshot below: