REP. TED LIEU STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACTIONS TO PREVENT OFFSHORE DRILLING
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement regarding President Obama's announcement to use his authority under the Outer Continental Lands Shelf Act to permanently withdraw areas of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from offshore oil drilling. The action was taken in coordination with Canada.
“I am pleased President Obama is using his authority to permanently protect portions of the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans from oil drilling. Physics and chemistry do not compromise. We are already witnessing shrinking glaciers, rising sea levels, and record-breaking temperatures.”
“During his presidency, Obama has taken critical steps to combat climate change; today's decision to reduce our reliance on dirty fossil fuels of the past will help cement that record. Going forward, we must build on this Administration’s environmental legacy and vigorously oppose any actions that take us backwards on climate and imperil our planet."