Mack Rebukes New Offshore Drilling Plan Introduced While Hurricane Wilma Was Battering Florida's Gulf Coast
Congressman Connie Mack (Fl-14) said a new plan introduced today by House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo would weaken Florida's existing offshore drilling protections by allowing drilling much closer to the state's fragile coastline.
"I'm troubled that on the very day that yet another Hurricane has torn through the Gulf of Mexico and Florida's Gulf Coast, Chairman Pombo has again introduced an offshore drilling plan that would open Florida's coastline to the perils of offshore drilling.
"We all understand that America must find new sources of energy. But drilling off Florida's sensitive coast won't solve the nation's current energy challenges and it won't put us on a path toward achieving energy independence.
"Now is the time for meaningful debate on how to reduce our reliance on foreign oil and how to invigorate the nation's use of alternative energy sources, not on how to jeopardize Florida's precious environment and our economy."