Columbia, S.C. — Jaime Harrison, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, offered the following response to the federal government’s announcement today extending an offshore drilling moratorium to South Carolina:
“This excellent announcement is due to the advocacy from so many South Carolinians — I will be watching closely to ensure these headlines are translated into real action,” Harrison said. “But one person can’t claim any credit at all: Lindsey Graham, who wrote the ‘South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act’ which would open up our shoreline to the highest-bidding oil company. But 53 days out from Election Day, the political winds are changing and he’s singing a different tune.
“I’ll say once again what Lindsey Graham is still too afraid to say: Congress should ban offshore drilling. It’s the only solution to permanently remove this risk to our economy and coastal ecosystems.”
Graham in 2012 introduced the “South Carolina Offshore Drilling Act,” a bill that would open up the state’s coastline to oil exploration. In an August 16 questionnaire, Graham refused to back a federal ban on offshore drilling, saying that this issue should be left to the states.
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