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Clinton Shifts Left On Offshore Drilling In Southeastern States

- December 17, 2015

Today, Clinton Said She Was "Very Skeptical" Of Offshore Drilling In The Southeast United States

Today, Clinton Told South Carolinians She Is "Very Skeptical About The Need Or Desire For Us To Pursue Offshore Drilling Off The Coast Of South Carolina, And Frankly Off The Coast Of Other Southeast States." "Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton told South Carolinians that she is skeptical of whether offshore oil and natural gas drilling should be allowed off southeastern states' coasts. 'I am very skeptical about the need or desire for us to pursue offshore drilling off the coast of South Carolina, and frankly off the coast of other southeast states,' the Democratic front-runner and former secretary of State said on a radio program, according to the Charleston Post and Courier." (Timothy Cama, "Clinton 'Very Skeptical' Of Atlantic Offshore Drilling," The Hill, 12/17/15)

But As A Senator, Clinton Supported Drilling On The Gulf Of Mexico

In 2006, Clinton Voted To Allow Drilling In Areas Off The Gulf Coast. "In 2006, Clinton sided with Republicans and against climate hawks like Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) by voting in favor of a bill opening new Gulf Coast areas to offshore oil drilling. Obama has opened up many areas for offshore oil drilling, and it's possible Clinton would do the same. (Ben Adler, "8 Things You Need To Know About Hillary Clinton And Climate Change," Grist, 4/12/15)

In 2006, Clinton Voted To Authorize Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico. "Passage of the bill that would authorize drilling in about 8.3 million acres of the eastern Gulf of Mexico, including about 2.5 million acres within a section known as 'Lease Area 181.' It would direct 37.5 percent of drilling proceeds to Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for coastal restoration, 12.5 percent to the federal Land and Water Conservation fund and the remaining 50 percent for the federal treasury. It would establish a 125-mile buffer until 2022 for energy development in Gulf waters off the Florida coast and extend existing moratoria on energy exploration and development in the Gulf from 2012 to 2022." (S. 3711, CQ Vote #219: Passed 71-25: R 53-1; D 18-23; I 0-1, 8/1/06, Clinton Voted Yea)

  • Clinton Voted Twice To Invoke Cloture To Authorize Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico. (S. 3711, CQ Vote #217: Motion Agreed To 86-12: R 54-1; D 31-11; I 1-0, 7/26/06, Clinton Voted Yea; S. 3711, CQ Vote #218: Motion Agreed To 72-23: R 52-1; D 20-21; I 0-1, 7/31/06, Clinton Voted Yea)

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