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Tim Kaine: For It Before He Was Against It

Garren Shipley - January 17, 2018

Tim Kaine was back in Hampton Roads yesterday, talking to local officials about his staunch opposition to plans to open Virginia’s coastal waters to energy exploration. 
 
 
“It just puts too much of what makes Hampton Roads work at risk, to contemplate offshore drilling,” Kaine said.
 
Oddly enough, Tim Kaine has not only contemplated drilling, he actively worked to make it happen for years.
 

In 2013, Kaine’s first year in the U.S. Senate, he co-sponsored a measure with fellow Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner that called for opening the waters off the coast of Virginia to oil and gas drilling...

 

“...Virginia is well-positioned to be a national leader in offshore energy exploration. A comprehensive energy strategy – including oil, gas, wind, solar, tidal and other areas – can transition us to a clean energy future while bridging that transition with secure U.S. fuels we don’t have to import," Kaine said in a joint 2013 statement with Warner.  

 

A couple months later, in June 2013, Kaine penned an op-ed in The Washington Post in which he said "I support development of offshore energy (gas, oil, wind and tidal) in the Atlantic."

 

In April 2015, Kaine was among eight senators who signed a letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee asking for legislation that would provide Atlantic Coast states a share of revenues from offshore oil and gas exploration if that area was opened to new energy leases.

 

"Bipartisan support for oil and gas development on the Atlantic OCS (Outer Continental Shelf) can be found at the federal, state and local levels," Kaine and the other senators from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia wrote. "Our states want the opportunity to create new jobs, generate new revenue."

 

 
As you cover Tim Kaine’s new found opposition to energy exploration, please consider the following quote from me:
"Tim Kaine says his newfound opposition to offshore drilling in Virginia comes from military and tourism concerns. But the Navy and tourists were in Hampton Roads long before Tim Kaine was elected to his first office. So was Tim Kaine utterly uninformed in 2013, or just starting to consolidate his Democratic base in 2016?” — Garren Shipley, RNC spokesman

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