Thursday, March 25, 2010

Center Supports 10 Senators Warning On Offshore Drilling

Ten Democratic senators wrote a letter to senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman (KGL climate bill drafters) on Tuesday warning that they would not support climate legislation that includes expanded offshore oil and gas drilling provisions.

They wrote:

"As coastal senators, we truly appreciate your efforts to develop comprehensive climate legislation," the senators wrote. "After all, our states are literally the front lines when it comes to the severe impacts we'll see from sea level rise and stronger storms. But we hope that as you forge legislation, you are mindful that we cannot support legislation that will mitigate one risk only to put our coasts at greater peril from another source."
Senators signing the letter (pdf) were: Bill Nelson of Florida, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin of Maryland, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley of Oregon, and Ted Kaufman of Delaware.

The Center opposes expanded offshore oil and gas drilling, particularly off the East and West coasts and Florida.

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