SACRAMENTO, CA – U.S. Senate candidate Carly Fiorina today issued the following statement in response to Barbara Boxer’s proposal to permanently ban oil drilling off the Pacific Coast:
“Barbara Boxer’s plan to permanently ban oil drilling off the Pacific Coast is the height of political posturing. Not only does her proposal demonstrate her willingness to pander to the far left environmental lobby, but also her willingness to ignore the will of the people she was elected to represent. The people of this country recognize the economic benefits of oil drilling, and 60 percent of Americans – including me – continue to support it.
“There’s already a moratorium on new off-shore oil development in California. The moratorium is renewable because it gives policy makers a chance to regularly revisit the issue to assess both our nation’s need for new oil development and our capacity to deliver it safely. A proposal for a permanent ban is shortsighted because it assumes we will never need new energy supplies and deprives future generations of the opportunity to make that decision.
“Clearly, Barbara Boxer is engaging in another Election Year stunt to score extra points with the extreme environmentalists who bankroll her campaigns. She has shown no interest in balancing environmental and economic concerns. Given our state’s 12.6 percent unemployment rate coupled with this new display of environmental preening, it’s no surprise Californians are ready for new leadership and representation in the U.S. Senate.”