On May 3rd, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered a speech in Virginia demanding that oil companies be given open access to waters off the state’s beaches for dangerous off-shore drilling operations.
Sierra Club’s National Political Director Tony Cani Released the Following Statement in Response:
“Just days after the two-year anniversary of the BP catastrophe that destroyed a coastal economy and the livelihoods of tens of thousands of Americans, Mitt Romney wants to bring the threat of an oil disaster to Virginia’s shores.
The danger of a spill is all too real and the cost to the Commonwealth would be devastating. Romney is willing to sacrifice Virginia’s beautiful beaches, hundreds of thousands of tourism and fishing jobs, and more than $5 billion in annual economic activity along the coast to help line the pockets of a handful of big oil billionaires.
Domestic oil production is already at an all-time high while the largest oil companies are raking in massive profits – yet Romney is willing to sacrifice anything to help his buddies at Exxon and BP get even more. Big oil companies are spending unprecedented amounts to elect Mitt Romney because they know he’ll put their agenda before the needs of American families. Today, that should be clear to all Virginians.”
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