REPOST from September 18, 2008 as per Hugh’s request:
This bill PERMANENTLY bans drilling within 50 miles of our coast. John Tanner Voted Yes.
All of the phone calls we got this morning from, in order, Gunny, Torin, Michael from Union City, Richard, Phillip, Josh, Jerry, Caroline, Troy, Brian, Bob, Billy, Anthony, Bill, Randy, and Beverly:
The “compromise” bill would set a permanent ban on drilling within 50 miles of the coast while allowing states to decide whether they want to drill or not between 50 and 100 miles. The bill would:
• Permanently ban access to 97% of the 10.5 billion barrels off the California coast. Then, California gets to decide whether to produce just 3% of its resources.
• Continue the ban on the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, an area with an estimated 3.65 barrels of oil and 22 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
• Institute a first-ever 50 mile ban off the coast of Alaska.
Check out these charts about where our oil is in the Outer Continental Shelf
“We’re sitting here tonight in the midst of the biggest sham I’ve seen in my 18 years in Congress. It locks up 85% of the reserves on the OCS and removes incentives for states to allow drilling by denying them a share of the revenues. There’s no compromise here. We’re playing political games on the eve of an election,” saidMinority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio).
“That’s not progress. That’s a hypocritical political maneuver that is an insult to American workers, their families, small businesses and emergency response departments struggling with high gas prices.”
John Tanner contact information:
Union City Office: 885-7070
Jackson Office: 423-4848
Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 225-4714