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Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2010

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. CASTLE. I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise today to urge support for amendment No. 2 to the CLEAR Act, which will help ensure that there is no delay in the development of ocean renewable energy resources, including offshore wind, under the MMS reorganization called for under title I.

The actions to reform MMS following the devastating oil spill are necessary and commendable.

While the new bureaus and office are focused on the critical task of transforming the agency into a more effective, transparent agency, this will require significant organizational and cultural alterations. Under this restructuring, it would be a great disappointment to lose ground in our efforts to prepare a workable comprehensive offshore energy plan for our Nation.

If we are serious about advancing new clean sources of power, which I sincerely hope we are, an important goal of the MMS reorganization must continue to facilitate, not hinder, the development of offshore renewable energy development in the waters of the United States.

For offshore renewable energy projects already underway, like the wind project off the coast of Delaware, progress must continue. While I continue to believe there is value in establishing a separate office for ocean renewable energy development, which we can perhaps continue to work on in our discussions with the Senate, this amendment would, at a minimum, ensure appropriate attention is paid to advancing ocean renewable energy development and protecting against bottlenecks that could result in unnecessary delays.

Offshore wind farms alone present a significant and rapidly growing source of emissions-free electrical power for our constituents. And recent Department of the Interior-U.S. Department of Energy reports confirm that winds off the coast of the United States are a promising source of clean, renewable electrical power.

My amendment is simple and calls attention to the need to ensure that targeted efforts to support offshore wind and renewable energy development continue without delay. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support its adoption.

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