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Jayapal Condemns Plan to Open Up Offshore Drilling

SEATTLE – Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal released the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s move to open U.S. coastal waters to offshore drilling:

“The Trump administration’s move to open up protected waters to offshore drilling puts millions at risk. It sacrifices shoreline communities, precious natural habitats, and runs roughshod over the local and state representatives around the country who oppose this decision – all to benefit a handful of oil corporations.

“The administration says this is necessary to meet our energy needs. This is nothing but a smokescreen. We can meet our energy needs, take on climate change, and safeguard our Earth by rapidly and justly transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy. We’ve mapped out a clear path to get there by 2050 with the 100 by ‘50 Act – legislation that I am proudly co-sponsoring. All it takes is political will and courage to stand up to the fossil fuel industry.

“Energy efficiency, environmental protection and respect for frontline communities are not at odds with each other. Our movement for climate and economic justice will continue to mobilize and fight the Trump agenda every step of the way.”