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Has Rep. Katherine Harris Flip-Flopped on Offshore Oil Drilling?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 June 16, 2005  


WASHINGTON - As the Senate debates coastal drilling as part of a national energy bill, The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) today called on Rep. Katherine Harris (R-FL) to clarify her position on offshore oil drilling in Florida after her apparent flip-flop on the issue.  Rep. Harris' support of the House Energy bill (H.R. 6), which weakens Florida's safeguards against new drilling, contradicts her recent statements opposing congressional efforts to move drilling closer to Florida's western coast.


"Is she for or against it? Where exactly does Congresswoman Harris stand on the critical issue of offshore oil and natural gas drilling in Florida? On one hand she says is against it, while on the other she supports a deeply flawed energy bill that could pave the way for drilling off Florida's coast,"  said LCV President Deb Callahan.  "Rep. Harris needs to clear up her position on an issue of major concern to 18 million Floridians. Does she side with big oil or with the interests of the Sunshine State?"


Attached below is a fact sheet outlining Rep. Harris' flip-flopping on offshore oil drilling, and her connections to ExxonMobil, a leading proponent of drilling in Florida's eastern Gulf. 


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