Seventh District Congressman ERIC CANTOR, met with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in March specifically to promote offshore oil drilling. Cantor has been promoting drilling in Virginia’s waters as soon as next year! Has Cantor not heard of the BP catastrophe?
Even in the midst of an oil spill that scientists suggest may be the single greatest natural disaster in American history, Eric Cantor has not backed down from his “Drill, Baby, Drill!” position. (A report on the Salazar meeting is here.) At a time when currents from the Gulf could bring oil all the way up to the shores of North Carolina, Eric Cantor STILL has been advocating for offshore drilling in Virginia’s waters as soon as 2011.
Is this what you want to see when you visit the Virginia shore? Here’s a more interesting question: why is Eric Cantor so in love with oil? We know that oil lines the pockets of some of Cantor’s friends, but we also know that our oil dependence is the equivalent of a U.S. government stimulus for the petro-dictators who are our national-security threats. The effort spent seeking new locations to drill oil in the U.S. is effort and money that could be spent on clean solutions, on adapting our economy so that we are no longer dependent on the whims of Saudi Arabia’s government. No matter how much we drill here, we will still need to get almost 90% of our oil from overseas. Why does Cantor insist on a stimulus for Saudi Arabia and Nigeria and Venezuela? The American economy needs help right here at home.
Oil and gas PACs contributed over $4 million dollars to Congress during the current election cycle. Republicans received 65% of the oil and gas industry’s largesse.
Mr. Cantor, Congratulations, your PAC made the most money this current election cycle to donate to other Republican candidates around the country.
Is it all for something like this?