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Pallone Applauds President Biden’s Executive Orders Tackling the Climate Crisis and Protecting the Coastline, Calls for Permanent Ban on Offshore Drilling

January 27, 2021
Press Release

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) released the following statement today in response to President Biden’s Executive Orders prioritizing the climate crisis at the national level, spurring the creation of new good-paying jobs, securing environmental justice, and pausing new leases for onshore and offshore oil and gas drilling on federal land and water:

“After four years of reckless climate denial and threats to sell our coastline to oil and gas companies, today’s executive actions are a breath of fresh air. Together, President Biden’s orders elevate the climate crisis to the economic and national security concern that it is and represent a step in the right direction to permanently banning offshore drilling along the Atlantic coast.

“It is a relief to finally have a president who sees this moment not only as a challenge, but as the opportunity that it is. This is an opportunity to empower our workers with new, good paying jobs that can’t be shipped overseas; to prioritize the needs and the voices of our environmental justice communities; to revitalize our energy communities with the support they need to rebuild from this pandemic; and to return our economy to a position of strength after a long, dark year of historic job losses and pain.

“I look forward to working with the Biden Administration to permanently ban offshore drilling so we can protect our coast from the threat of oil and gas production. The coastal communities in New Jersey depend on a healthy ecosystem to thrive. An oil spill would threaten the ecosystem and economic vitality of the Jersey shoreline and communities along the Atlantic Coast. There’s simply no reason why we can’t codify a permanent offshore drilling ban as we transition our country to a clean, low-carbon future.

“I’m proud to stand with the president in this effort and join him in saying: now is our time to act. We will not stand idly by as the rest of the world transitions to clean energy and our workers get left behind, and we will not watch from the sidelines as the climate crisis wreaks havoc on Americans’ health and homes.”