Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) said today, March 31, that he's opposed to President Barack Obama's plan to allow more offshore drilling for oil.

By Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-Del.)

While I share the President’s commitment to taking our dependence on foreign oil head-on, I do not believe opening Delaware’s coasts to drilling is the way to meet that goal. It is a simple fact that the United States has only a tiny percentage of world oil reserves – 3 percent – while we consume 25 percent. We cannot achieve meaningful energy independence through our own oil reserves. We can and must focus on building an energy economy that relies on clean, renewable domestic sources.

Here in Delaware, we are pushing forward on the nation’s first offshore wind project. We believe that our oceans offer the promise of clean, renewable energy that will create jobs, cut our greenhouse gas emissions, and move us toward energy independence.

My concerns with expanding drilling are not just about the environmental effects – the harm to aquatic life and our water quality. I also worry about the damage that oil spills could do to the tourism that drives the Delaware coastal economy.

I look forward to working with the President and Senators from around the region to find ways to reduce our dependence on foreign oil without risking our environment and our economy.