June 8, 2018
VIRGINIA BEACH – Today, Elaine Luria called out Congressman Scott Taylor for failing Coastal Virginia on offshore drilling. Congressman Taylor voted against an amendment that would blocked new leases for offshore drilling off the coastlines of Virginia’s second congressional district.
“This is another example of Congressman Taylor giving lip service to protecting our coastlines and then turning around and voting against the best interests of our district,” said Elaine Luria. “As a small business owner, whose storefront is blocks from the oceanfront, I know the dangers of offshore drilling to our environment and our economy. As a Navy veteran who has spent countless months on ships training off the Virginia coast, I know that dodging oil platforms would interfere with the Navy’s operations and impact fleet readiness. That’s why in Congress, I won’t just sign my name to a letter—I’ll vote to protect our coasts.”
While neighboring Congressman Donald McEachin has introduced legislation to prevent exploration and drilling off the coasts of Virginia, Congressman Taylor relies on his gut instead of taking action to prevent offshore drilling. Congressman Taylor has been notoriously slow to embrace the protection of Virginia’s coastlines, having supported offshore drilling in 2010 and claiming, “Right now I’m neutral” in 2016. Congressman Taylor’s environmental voting record, however, remains one of the lowest in the state, having earned a lowly 6% score from the League of Conservation Voters.