“Fish don’t like oil spills and neither do I”: Finally, something environmentalists and conservatives can agree on

November 17, 2015

So what do conservative Reps. Curt Clawson of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, liberal Rep. Sam Farr of California, climate activist Bill McKibben, a former petroleum engineer, an evangelical minister and a surfer all have in common? No, it’s not a joke.  They all spoke out against offshore oil and gas drilling at a press conference earlier this month for the newly formed Sea Party Coalition.  The Sea Party aims to make opposition to proposed offshore drilling a major issue in 2016.

President Obama’s decision two days later to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline after seven years of polarized debate, and the pushback it received, increases the likelihood that energy and the environment will play a prominent role in the upcoming election.

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Environmentalists, S.C. coastal Republicans agree on Atlantic drilling — don’t

November 15, 2015

Proposals to allow testing for oil and gas off the Eastern Seaboard and possibly open the Atlantic to offshore drilling have made for unlikely allies among environmentalists and conservative Republicans.

U.S. Reps. Mark Sanford and Tom Rice, Republicans who represent the South Carolina coast from North Carolina to the Georgia state line, have come out publicly against exploration off the state’s shores.

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SODA-POP takes message against oil drilling to Washington D.C.

November 12, 2015

What started as a small grass-roots effort in Pawleys Island and the southern Grand Strand to combat seismic testing and drilling for oil and natural gas off the South Carolina coast got a major boost on Nov. 4, when Peg Howell took to a national stage in Washington, D.C, at the kickoff for Sea Party 2016.

Howell joined climate activist Bill McKibben, Democratic Rep. Sam Farr of California, Republican Reps. Curt Clawson of Florida and Mark Sanford of South Carolina, an evangelical minister from Virginia and a West Coast surfer to voice opposition to testing and drilling.

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Mark Sanford, from Tea Party to Sea Party

November 7, 2015

U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., has been a Tea Party favorite for his anti-big-government stances, but last week he played a role at a news conference on behalf of the Sea Party.

Sanford appeared at a news conference in Washington that drew a variety of different interests from the political left and right who oppose the Obama administration’s plans for testing and offshore drilling in the Atlantic waters off their home states.

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Activists Rally Against Offshore Drilling

November 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Environmental activists hope to make opposition to offshore oil drilling a central theme of the 2016 campaign, spotlighting an issue that resonates throughout the nation’s most important swing state of Florida.

Sea Party 2016, an anti-drilling coalition formed earlier this year, has enlisted a broad range of advocates, including liberal environmental organizations and tea-party backed conservatives from coastal states. Coalition members say drilling off the U.S. coastline isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for business, too.

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News For Pawley’s Island, Litchfield and Murrells Inlet

November 5, 2015

Voters in the city of Georgetown elected three Democratic candidates to City Council this week after members of a local environmental group campaigned for them on the basis of their opposition to offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic.

Democrats Al Joseph, Sheldon Butts and Clarence Smalls soundly defeated Republicans Richard Powers, Lee Padgett and Tom Winslow.

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The Sea Party 2016

November 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Environmental activists hope to make opposition to offshore oil drilling a central theme of the 2016 campaign, spotlighting an issue that resonates throughout the nation’s most important swing state of Florida.

Sea Party 2016, an anti-drilling coalition formed earlier this year, has enlisted a broad range of advocates, including liberal environmental organizations and tea-party backed conservatives from coastal states. Coalition members say drilling off the U.S. coastline isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for business, too.

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