April 19, 2018

Elaine DiMasi Opposes Offshore Oil Exploration


Media Contact: Gabriella Novello, gabriella@elainedimasi.com

RONKONKOMA, N.Y.—Democratic Congressional Candidate Elaine DiMasi (NY-01) spoke in opposition last month to oil exploration proposed by the U.S. Department of the Interior:

“The Representative of New York’s First District must oppose oil exploration anywhere on our Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf, from the Arctic to the Gulf.”

The March for Science proved that when it comes to defending our environment, Long Islanders will show up. They showed up on March 2nd, with a day’s notice, during one of that month’s four non-seasonal nor’easters. In a fierce downpour, in the middle of a workday, more than 300 Long Island residents and officials told President Trump’s Department of the Interior that exploring for oil offshore, devastating life in our continent’s coastal regions, is completely unacceptable.

Rep. Zeldin and staff looked on as residents and scientists addressed the U.S. Dept. of the Interior’s Director of the Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs John Tanner and Assistant Secretary of Land and Minerals Management Kate MacGregor, who oversee the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

“We avoided the Silent Spring in the 1960’s when we banned the pesticide DDT; back then, we listened to the voices of concerned scientists and citizens, saving our birds,” said DiMasi. “Now, we face another ‘silent spring’—not of birds, but of corals and other sea life. The life in our oceans cannot survive climate change. Cannot survive the rising temperatures, cannot survive ocean acidity, cannot survive the explosive blasts that we pound into our seabed to ‘explore’ for oil.”

Without healthy, living oceans, we cannot survive.

Rep. Zeldin, unfortunately, can only ask for crumbs from Trump’s table. Does Rep. Zeldin oppose oil exploration off Long Island’s coast? Sure. But he seemed to have no problem with oil exploration elsewhere. At the hearing, Rep. Zeldin merely asked that Long Island be exempted from Trump’s plan to “Drill, Baby, Drill.” In fact, Rep. Zeldin is too busy calling for a “Second Special Counsel” to investigate the investigation of a private citizen.

Rep. Zeldin should listen to his constituents, who want to protect our ocean and who understand what this means. Better still, let’s elect a Representative who knows that you can’t protect just a small part of our precious wild waters from the catastrophe of oil prospecting. Elaine DiMasi, with the knowledge to legislate and the will to act, will oppose the current destruction of our ecosystem and ensure we do everything we can to protect the one planet we have.

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