REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S NEW OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding the Obama Administration’s newly released offshore oil and gas leasing plan for 2017 to 2022 for the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf. In addition to blocking new oil drilling sites in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the five year plan will block oil leasing rights in the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. These areas were open to drilling in draft versions of the plan.
“I applaud President Obama for releasing a strategic and forward-thinking offshore drilling plan that spares the Arctic Ocean from harmful activities. Having served on active duty, I understand that oil exploration in the Arctic endangers our country’s national security. 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 uphold the President’s visionary plan in the coming years.”