Eric Cantor went on the record this year with remarks that he wants offshore drilling in Virginia’s waters to begin in the next twelve months.  In the wake of the greatest environmental disaster the world has seen in decades, you might expect him to change his mind, but if you had that expectation then you don’t know Eric Cantor.
Here you will find the following quote from Eric Cantor regarding President Obama’s recent moratorium on off-shore oil drilling in the United States.
“A comprehensive energy policy and the responsible production of American-made energy has the potential to create thousands of new jobs, reduce our reliance on foreign oil and ensure our national security. In times of crisis, we need steady leadership — not knee-jerk reactions — and I hope the administration reconsiders this decision.”
We take issue with characterizing this moratorium as a “knee-jerk” reaction.  Until BP can find a way to stop crude oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and arriving on our shores, we wouldn’t want to move forward with off-shore drilling anywhere, especially off the Virginia coast.  Obviously neither BP nor the  government knows how to deal with a worst-case environmental scenario, and NO OFFSHORE DRILLING should take place until a proven disaster prevention protocol is established, which appears to be a long time from now.
If oil drilling is Cantor’s idea of a “comprehensive” energy policy, we are in more trouble.  It is unconscionable.  Solar, wind, switchgrass, and nuclear power all have proven track records in producing energy, yet Cantor and his cronies refuse to break with Big Oil and Saudi Arabia.  Let’s take care of the current problem and get some fresh ideas out there.  Continuing to rely on non-renewable fuels — and so to put our security in the hands of the Middle East — is bad energy policy, bad environmental policy, and bad national security policy.  It will not change until someone with an open mind replaces Cantor in our House of Representatives.  This is your chance to make a difference, voters. Vote Rick Waugh if you want a sensible replacement for Cantor.

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