I received this email letter from Congressional Candidate Bill Hedrick today. He and “Shady Land Deal Calvert” got in a bit of a tiff yesterday, this letter is Hedrick’s latest commentary on the matter.
Two days ago I called out Ken CalvertÂ for his continual cheerleading of the misguided policies and empty rhetoric that has led to the oil spill disaster in the Gulf Coast. A press release on his own website quotes Ken Calvert asÂ saying,
â€œâ€¦Exploration off of California would provide the state with much-needed royalty revenue that could go towards bridging the deficit gap and putting California back on the road to fiscal responsibility.Â With new and emerging technologies, offshore energy development can be pursued with little to no visible impact on the coastline and in a way that protects the surrounding environment. That is why I introduced the MORE Act in 2008 to create jobs and increase coastal statesâ€™ share of royalties. The time has come to open up all of our countryâ€™s natural resourcesâ€¦Â â€
Instead of engaging in a real dialogue about the fundamental differences we have when it comes to energy policy and offshore drilling â€“ me adamantly opposed to drilling Californiaâ€™s coast and Calvert adamantly for – he wasted no time resorting the same dirty political tricks that desperate candidates use when they canâ€™t run from their record.Â
While I was talking policy, he accused me of politicizing a tragedy and demanded I apologize.
Well, hereâ€™s my apology.Â
Iâ€™m sorry, Ken Calvert, that the policies youâ€™ve consistently supported for the last 18 years to secure more profits for your Big Oil buddies have put American workers and the environment at risk, and that we have tragically seen the consequences of the irresponsible and dangerous â€˜drill, baby, drillâ€™ mentality that has driven our energy policy for the last 50 years.
We should be looking at the policies that have led us to this point and fixing them so that something like the BP Deepwater Horizon accident doesnâ€™t happen again, rather than sweeping the issue to the side and making wild accusations.
We deserve better.