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Samm Simpson on oil drilling order

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July

Samm Simpson, a Democrat running for the Congressional District 10 seat now held by U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, has this to say about President Bush's largely symbolic move to end the executive offshore oil drilling ban.

“I was appalled, but not surprised at the announcement of President Bush that he lifted the executive’s restriction on offshore exploration, and blamed Congress for ‘standing in the way’ of opening up the spigot.” Ms. Simpson said. “Using the pain of the consumer to push an agenda of environmental destruction and oil company profit is not an enlightened energy policy. It’s business as usual. And it’s business as usual that has put us into this mess. We need visionary leadership to guide the American people into an energy revolution – i.e. a Manhattan project to free this nation from the grip of foreign fossil fuels. As a Congressperson, I’d be first in line to begin this transition. It’s more than energy. It’s about our national security, as well as preserving this planet for our grandchildren.”

--Stephanie Garry, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:30am]

    

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