Rep. Susan Davis Votes to Block Oil and Gas Drilling off Coast and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

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Washington, September 12, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) voted to protect our coasts and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) from oil and gas drilling. Continuing her longtime opposition to oil drilling, Davis supported three bipartisan bills on the House floor to block the Trump Administration's dangerous policy of opening up America’s coastline and ANWR to drilling. 

“It is hard to believe that some have already forgotten the lessons learned from the BP oil spill disaster,” said Davis, a member of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition. “It was only a few years ago that we saw millions of gallons of oil being spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, and, sadly, many areas are still recovering. Exactly 50 years ago, California suffered one of the worst oil spills in history off the Santa Barbara coast. Offshore oil drilling is not the answer to our country's energy challenges. We can and we must invest in clean, renewable energy.”

The Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act (H.R. 205) blocks new offshore drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and the Coastal and Marine Economies Protection Act (H.R. 1941) blocks new offshore drilling along the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines. The two bills are a direct rejection of President Trump’s vow to open new leasing in vulnerable American waters, which his administration has pursued despite offshore drilling’s poor safety track record and the fact that coastal economies would be devastated by another Deepwater Horizon-type spill.

The Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act (H.R.1146), cosponsored by Davis, repeals a provision in the 2017 Trump-GOP Tax Bill that opens up the coastal plain of ANWR to oil and gas leasing and development.

Offshore drilling does not represent a meaningful long-term economic opportunity for the country, especially compared to renewable energy sources like solar and wind power, which are the nation’s fastest and second fastest growing job sectors respectively. San Diego is a national leader in solar power development. 

Pentagon officials have warned against drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico for years, calling it incompatible with training needs. 

All three bills passed the House on bipartisan votes. 

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