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Letter to the Editor: Say no to offshore drilling
The American people do not want our fragile coastal waters exposed to dangerous oil and gas drilling. Yet the Trump administration is pushing a new five-year offshore plan that would allow drill rigs to be put virtually on every inch of our nation’s coastline at risk of devastating oil spills. It’s unconscionable, and it must be stopped. We should be putting our money into clean renewable energy. They should stop spending our tax money to prop up oil companies. Expanding offshore drilling threatens our coastal communities, whales, marine life that is part of our food chain and other marine life with catastrophic oil spills. It blocks our path to a clean energy future and keeps us shackled to the heavily polluting fossil fuels of the past. It’s nothing more than another handout to private oil companies, forcing taxpayers to continue subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. Fossil fuels are the cause of the excess CO2, Methane, and nitrous oxide which pollute our air and cause over 10,000 premature deaths every year in the U.S., and millions worldwide, from bronchitis, asthma, lung and heart disease and stroke.