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Erin Allweiss, NRDC, 202-513-6254

Salazar Announcement Shows New Approach to Offshore Energy at Department of Interior

WASHINGTON - Department of Interior Secretary Salazar announced today that he
is going to take a thorough review of the five-year OCS oil and gas
leasing program that was announced in the final days of the Bush

Following is a statement by Wesley Warren, director of programs for the Natural Resources Defense Council:

a new way of doing business at the Department of Interior under
Secretary Salazar. By committing to a thorough review, Salazar is
demonstrating bold leadership that will offer America a new energy
future that provides clean domestic energy and cuts our dependence on
foreign oil.
We are encouraged
by Salazar's commitment to a new approach to offshore energy --
harnessing the power of the wind, sun and oceans -- which will provide
America with a full range of energy resources.

offshore drilling would risk oil spills from Florida to Maine, and all
along the Pacific Coast. This would not only cause tremendous economic
damage to fishing and tourism communities, but it would destroy habitat
for wildlife, and hurt all of us who live, work and vacation in these

President Obama is
leading America to a clean energy future that will produce new jobs,
cut energy costs and reduce global warming pollution. Secretary
Salazar's actions follow this vision, bringing us closer to breaking
old habits and transforming America's approach to energy."



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