Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) issued the following statement after today's decision by the Obama Administration to prevent offshore energy exploration and development along the Atlantic Coast, including off the coast of Virginia for at least the next seven years:
"I am deeply disappointed by the Obama Administration's heavy-handed decision to block offshore energy exploration and development along the Atlantic Coast, including off the coast of Virginia.
"America sits on a virtual sea of energy resources that can be tapped to heat our homes, sustain our businesses, provide sustainable jobs and power our means of transportation. By taking this important energy sector off the table for Virginia and other states, the President has effectively crippled our nation's ability to provide an energy independent future for our children.
"We can and must do better to safely and responsibly develop our nation's energy potential and I believe this decision lacks the foresight necessary to address the energy challenges facing our country today and in the years ahead."