Date: June 24, 2019
From: South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce
Subject: Inslee’s Day 1 plan to ban offshore drilling
Contact: Frank Knapp, President/CEO, 803-252-5733 (w), 803-600-6874 (c),
Today presidential candidate Jay Inslee released his “Freedom from Fossil Fuels” plan agenda “to mobilize the United States to transition to 100% clean energy”. Included in the plan is his commitment to “(t)aking immediate executive action on Day 1 of the Inslee administration to ban all new fossil fuel leasing on public lands and offshore waters.”
In an April 24, 2019, opinion editorial in the Charleston Post and Courier, the president and CEO of the South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce, Frank Knapp Jr., called a candidate’s pledge to “block offshore drilling in the Atlantic and curtail it in the other areas must be immediately carried out upon taking the oath of office” the litmus test that all candidates need to pass “if they hope to be victorious in coastal states. To date four Democratic Presidential candidates have passed this litmus test: Warren, Biden, O’Rourke and Inslee.
Below is the statement of Frank Knapp Jr.
Governor Inslee’s Day 1 executive action plan to ban new oil drilling leases in offshore waters demonstrates his commitment to protecting the Atlantic Coast from the inevitable oil spills and leaks that would harm our vibrant tourism, commercial fishing and recreation local economies.
And with the formal announcement of his position, the list of Democratic Presidential candidates adopting a first day of action against new offshore oil drilling grows. This position is what the primary voters want in their candidate and will guarantee offshore drilling will be on the ballot in November of 2020.
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is a statewide advocacy organization founded in 2000. With over 10,000 small business and entrepreneur supporters, it has successfully worked to make South Carolina more small business friendly in areas such as healthcare, taxation, regulation, worker training, energy/conservation, workers’ compensation and economic development.