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Sierra Club to McCain: Don't Drill New Jersey's Coast

Date : Tue, 17 Jun 2008 12:37:10 -0400

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeff Tittel June 17, 2008 (609) 558-9100

Sierra Club to McCain: Don’t Drill New Jersey’s Coast

This week Senator John McCain (R-AZ) called for oil drilling off the eastern seaboard, including along the coast of New Jersey. This position is an outrageous attempt to undo a 30-year ban on offshore oil drilling in this area. “The only oil we ever want to see on New Jersey’s beaches is suntan oil,” said Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. “This is a battle that we’ve already won, but it looks like we’re going to have to keep on fighting it.”

New Jersey Senator Joe Kyrillos, a McCain ally, has said that by removing the ban, McCain wants to make drilling a states’ rights issue, but the Sierra Club pointed out that the environment is not a local issue and, therefore, states’ rights do not apply. “States’ rights was decided 150 years ago with the Civil War,” explained Tittel. “What happens along the coast affects all of us. An oil spill off the coast of Virginia would not stop at the state lines – it would wash ashore in New Jersey and Delaware too. This is not an issue that can or should be left up to individual states.”

Last year the Sierra Club worked to defeat an attempt to allow oil drilling of the coast of Virginia for just the reason. With the Virginia coast less than 100 miles from the South Jersey beaches, drilling would have put beaches from Cape May to Sandy Hook at risk. While Democratic governor Tim Kain vetoed the bill in question last year, McCain’s plan would again threaten New Jersey’s beaches and jeopardize the state’s $34 billion a year coastal tourism industry.

McCain’s drilling plan is yet another example of his empty global warming rhetoric. While touting the fact that he was among the first to offer comprehensive global warming legislation on the national level, his proposals promote coal, fossil fuels, and unsafe nuclear power, as well as ethanol, which is not only bad for the environment, but is causing a dramatic increase in the price of food worldwide.

While protecting outdated technologies, Big Oil, and other polluting industries, McCain’s policies fail to invest in clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which numerous studies have shown is the quickest, most cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“John McCain is in lockstep with the fossil fools in Washington, pushing Big Oil and the Bush Administration’s agenda,” concluded Tittel. “If the senator really wants to do something about global warming, he should stop looking for pristine natural areas to drill and start supporting technologies that offer a real, long-term solution to our oil addiction.”


Becca Glenn, Program Assistant New Jersey Sierra Club

145 W. Hanover Street Trenton, NJ 08618

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Received on 2008-06-17 12:40:52

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