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The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming addressed our nation's energy, economic and national security challenges during the 110th and 111th Congresses.

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Markey Statement on Obama Administration's New Oil Drilling Plan

December 1, 2010 - Today the Obama administration will announce a new offshore drilling plan for the years 2012-2017. Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), who chairs key energy panels in the House of Representatives, issued the following statement:

"Following the largest oil spill in our nation's history, this plan shows the Obama administration has heeded the lessons of the BP disaster. This plan will move America forward on a prudent path until we can ensure that when an oil company drills ultra-deep, it is ultra-safe.

"Opening up wide swaths of our coasts to oil drilling before we put the proper regulatory measures in place would have been a mistake. We can't put thousands of miles of coastline at risk for another spill when the oil companies are still not prepared to respond, and all for oil that would make an economically insignificant impact a decade or more from now.

"This drilling plan is only part of a comprehensive offshore energy plan which the Obama administration is developing, including safer forms of energy like wind and wave. Instead of looking deeper and deeper for the last remaining drops of oil, we can harness the wind that whips over the waves, and the energy from the swells off our coasts. Before we are swept away by the tide of international clean energy competition, we should push the limits of clean energy innovation, not the limits of deepwater drilling."

PLEASE NOTE: The House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was created to explore American clean energy solutions that end our reliance on foreign oil and reduce carbon pollution.

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