Climate Bill Will Expand Offshore Oil Drilling
May 16, 2010, 3:03 pm
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Climate Bill Will Expand Offshore Oil Drilling

NY Times
May 11, 2010

The Kerry-Lieberman climate bill is set to expand offshore oil drilling in the U.S..

The Senate climate bill to be unveiled tomorrow will have provisions to expand domestic oil drilling, including revenue sharing for states that agree to allow more production off their shores, according to one of the measure’s lead co-sponsors.

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in an interview that the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill raises serious concerns about the safety of offshore energy production. Still, he said the climate bill that is set for rollout at a 1:30 p.m. EDT press conference tomorrow with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) reflects their long-standing plans to grow the domestic supply of oil.

“Yes, there will be a drilling provision in it,” Lieberman said. “We’ve stuck with what we’ve had. We’ve made one slight alteration. And we expect we’ll make some more alterations as this goes on based on what we’ve learned, particularly from [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar’s 30-day review about what more could be done to protect the safety.”

Lieberman did not go into specifics about what the alteration to the energy bill would be on the issue. “I’ve got to save some suspense for you,” he said.

Environmentalists and some coastal-state Democrats have raised the red flag over more oil drilling in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, including a threat of a filibuster from Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).

“Anybody who thinks that you’re going to approve, as part of the deal on climate change, offshore drilling is not living on planet Earth,” Nelson said today.

But Lieberman said he agrees with many other senators who do not think the Gulf Coast spill should lead to a snap judgment.

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