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ACTION ALERT - STOP OFFSHORE DRILLING - TODAY 1/11/18

The Trump Administration has decided to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas in the United States, along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. This could have disastrous effects for Long Islanders, especially since Trump recently rolled back offshore drilling safety standards that the Obama Administration implemented after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010.

 

Although he represents a coastal community, Rep. Pete King supports the move, saying. “I’m all for it.” “We need more energy resources. It’s a great weapon in the war against terrorism and as far as countering Russia and Iran” (https://goo.gl/zEvU4z). On King’s website, he writes, “I strongly support expansion of offshore oil drilling” (https://goo.gl/vQM6Yy).

 

Also, on Tuesday, in a partisan move, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exempted Florida offshore drilling (https://goo.gl/iNEMo2).

 

1) CALL REP. KING – Tell him to oppose the Trump Administration’s decision to allow offshore drilling.

Rep. King - LI Office: (516) 541-4225

Rep. King - DC Office: (202) 225-7896

 

2) Sign Gov. Cuomo’s petition to oppose offshore drilling along NY’s coast. https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/sign-petition-say-no-offshore-drilling-new-yorks-coast

 

TALKING POINTS:

> Offshore drilling threatens coastal communities and marine life.

> The Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast has said thousands of small businesses, from restaurants to hotels to commercial fishing operations, oppose drilling off their states’ waters.

> As of November 2017, 141 East Coast municipalities and over 1,200 local, state and federal elected officials including the Governors of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, have formally opposed offshore drilling (https://goo.gl/DLco2H).

> This should outrage all New Yorkers, since our beautiful coastline is crucial to the state’s economy.

> According to the International Energy Agency, without new drilling the U.S. could be a net exporter of oil within a decade. The IEA also projected that the U.S. is set to become the world’s dominant oil and gas production leader for decades.

> Research suggest offshore wind development, a renewable resource, could produce about twice the amount of energy along coastal Atlantic states as offshore drilling, and create more than 1.5 times the number of jobs. In addition, offshore wind would not threaten the local fishing and tourism industries along the Atlantic coast and would have minimal effects on marine life (https://goo.gl/m2QtNL).