Rouzer Voted With Offshore Oil Interests Over Coastal Communities

By / Letters to the Editor / Wednesday, 18 September 2019 00:34

Editor:
Last week, Rep. David Rouzer had an opportunity to protect the North Carolina coast from offshore drilling but voted instead with offshore oil interests over the coastal communities he represents. Up and down the East Coast, communities have remained adamant in their opposition to offshore drilling activities. In North Carolina alone, more than 40 municipalities have formally opposed the expansion of offshore drilling, and this position is supported by Gov. Cooper and many other elected officials across the state.
Bringing offshore drilling to our coast is a permanent decision with long-term consequences for our state. Our coastal economy is predicated upon vibrant real estate markets in our coastal communities, world-renowned commercial and recreational fisheries, one of the most famous coastlines in North America. Coastal tourism in North Carolina generates more than $3 billion annually, supporting more than 30,000 jobs.
Despite Rep. Rouzer’s wayward vote, both H.R. 205 and 1941 passed with bipartisan support out of the House. Together, the two bills will effectively block future offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and off Florida’s Gulf Coast. This encouraging news for our oceans comes on the heels of a bipartisan House appropriations vote to block funding for new offshore drilling activities for the fiscal year 2020. It’s time for the Trump administration to abandon its dirty and dangerous offshore drilling plan and side with those who have the most to lose. Let’s protect our coast for good.
Randy Sturgill
Senior Campaign Organizer with Oceana. Wilmington, North Carolina

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