Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Melissa Hart....lover of the environment

From a letter to the Tribune Review...(local right-wing rag)

Offshore reps

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

PennEnvironment is disappointed with U.S. Reps. Melissa Hart, Tim Murphy and Mike Doyle, who rejected the opportunity to take a stand for the environment and voted in favor of allowing drilling off America's coasts ("House votes to allow drilling," June 30).

Unfortunately, the House as a whole did the same and narrowly voted to pass this anti-environmental proposal.

The House passed the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act, ending the 25-year bipartisan moratorium that has kept the expansion of offshore drilling in check. This bill could result in both gas and oil drilling as close as three miles offshore and make it harder for states to keep drilling at least 50 miles from their pristine coasts.

This legislation offers no solutions to our country's energy problems and instead emphasizes drilling rather than efficiency and new renewable energy sources. We hope Hart, Murphy and Doyle will rethink their positions on future environmental issues.

Kristen Bird

The writer is with PennEnvironment (pennenvironment.org).

First her vote to gut the endangered species act, and now she promotes offshore drilling. At least she's predictable.


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