Congressional primary elections are scheduled across Florida this Tuesday. In Florida’s 1st congressional district, however, there won’t be any primary election. That’s because no Republican has stepped forward to challenge incumbent Jeff Miller, and no politician has sought the Democratic Party nomination either.
That’s not to say that Miller doesn’t have any challengers. He has independent challengers, but none of them fall very far from Miller’s ideological shadow. Their positions on energy show the sad lack of choice facing 1st district voters this autumn. Jeff Miller favors, in spite of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this year, expanded offshore drilling. He calls expanding offshore drilling an “all of the above” strategy, but Miller won’t actually support all energy policies. He’s against climate legislation that would encourage the development of sustainable energy sources. Miller doesn’t support serious regulation of risky offshore drilling, and he doesn’t support efforts to end big subsidies for oil and coal companies.
That makes Jeff Miller a terrible choice for voters who are serious about energy reform. Miller’s independent challengers, John Krause, Joe Cantrell and Jim Bryan, won’t take a stand for clean energy either.
Explaining his position on energy, John Krause declares, “I believe in exploring for oil”. Jim Bryan and Joe Cantrell don’t mention the issues of energy or the environment at all.