WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- General P.X. Kelly (ret.), 28th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and co-chairman of the Energy Security Leadership Council—a project of Securing America's Future Energy—released the following statement in response to the Obama administration's expected announcement of an extended ban on offshore oil production in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and off of the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts:
"While we share the administration's safety and environmental concerns and have made proposals to strengthen both over the last four years, the reality is that expanded domestic production of petroleum—including in the Eastern Gulf—is a critical piece of any plan to ensure our nation's energy security. This year, we are on course to send as much as $300 billion overseas to pay for our oil dependence, much of which is filling the coffers of nations that share neither our goals nor values. We cannot drill our way out of the dangers posed by oil dependence, but in the short term, our nation will be safer and stronger if we produce more petroleum here at home. Expanded production is possible with sharply improved safety and environmental standards in a far shorter timeframe than five years, and is critical to our energy security."
SOURCE Securing America's Future Energy