CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON ARCTIC DRILLING RIGHTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding news reports that the Obama Administration will block oil leasing rights in the Arctic in his offshore drilling plan.
“While we don’t yet know the details of President Obama’s offshore drilling plan, it is clear that sparing the Arctic Ocean from drilling would benefit United States national security. Having served on active duty, I understand that oil exploration in the Arctic is contrary to our country’s interests. Increasing our reliance on dirty fossil fuels will exacerbate climate change, the greatest long-term threat to America and the world. Climate change will increase extreme weather events and instability throughout the world, unleashing a host of new dangers to which our military will need to respond. It is imperative that we protect the Arctic Ocean from drilling now.”