Hoyer Endorses Obama’s Drilling Expansion
Just out from the office of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is this statement applauding President Obama’s move to expand offshore oil drilling:
Today’s announcement will help create jobs and strengthen our national security as we move away from foreign sources of oil. Andrews Air Force Base was a fitting setting for today’s remarks, because enhancing our energy independence is critical to our national security. One of the most significant things we can do to bolster our security is to free ourselves from relying on other nations for oil, by increasing domestic production, reducing consumption, and developing alternatives. The plan put forward today will help us determine what resources are available to us, and how to appropriately tap into those resources, keeping in mind the need to protect our environment. The Obama Administration’s plan is another key step as we move toward energy independence.
That’s a more forceful endorsement than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave this afternoon, though even she appears to be supportive of the drilling expansion — if only to put Republicans in the uncomfortable position of opposing a practice they’d supported so adamantly in 2008.