U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

U.S. Chamber: Obama Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan Will Cost U.S. Jobs, Energy Security

U.S. Chamber: Obama Administration’s Offshore Drilling Plan Will Cost U.S. Jobs, Energy Security

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, today issued the following statement regarding changes to the Department of Interior’s offshore drilling plan:

“America’s job creators have become accustomed to the relentless drumbeat of anti-energy policies from the Obama administration. Today’s announcement that the waters off of our Atlantic coast will be excluded from the next offshore drilling plan is nevertheless remarkable for its catering to fringe constituencies at the expense of energy security and the American economy. The Outer Continental Shelf is the backbone of U.S. oil and gas production and the announced deviation from the proposed plan will cost us jobs and harm security for decades to come. The U.S. Chamber will do everything in its power to challenge this administration’s negligent decision to once again put short term political interests ahead of our nation’s best interest.”

The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy is to unify policymakers, regulators, business leaders, and the American public behind a common sense energy strategy to help keep America secure, prosperous, and clean. Through policy development, education, and advocacy, the Institute is building support for meaningful action at the local, state, national, and international levels.

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