Pollution

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In 1990, President George H.W. Bush banned offshore drilling from much of the Outer Continental Shelf. This ban was has been in place for the last four administrations, with a brief suspension from 2008-2011. Small areas of the shelf are available for leasing, but the overwhelming majority are protected areas. We support maintaining executive protections to the Outer Continental Shelf from offshore drillings along the Pacific, Atlantic, Eastern Gulf, and Arctic coastlines and encourage the reinstatement of the now-expired Congressional Moratorium banning such practices. Our oceans produce over 50% of the oxygen we breathe, and is home to incredible plant and animal life. Protecting these waters from spills as we expand renewable energy production is a longstanding, non-partisan tradition.