Office of Congresswoman Shea-Porter - Statement on President Bush Lifting Ban on Offshore Drilling

Washington, D.C.—Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter today released the following statement in response to President Bush lifting the executive ban on offshore drilling:

“Lifting the ban on offshore drilling is incredibly shortsighted and will do nothing to solve our nation’s long term energy crisis.  It is unfortunate President Bush continues to focus on sound-bites over solutions. The oil companies need to “get to work” and start drilling on the 68 million acres of land they currently have leased.  I believe we must rein in speculators who are just looking to make a buck and must also pursue clean, renewable energy.  For the last 8 years, we’ve had two oilmen in the White House.  Enough is enough.  We need leaders who will stand up for the American people instead of standing up for the oil companies.”