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Despite Latest Flip Flop On Offshore Drilling, Sen. Tillis Can’t Hide From His Record of Prioritizing Oil And Gas Donors Over Carolina Coastal Communities

Tillis’ Latest Claims About Offshoring Drilling Are Far Cry From Maiden Senate Speech In Support Of Drilling Off Carolina Coast

RALEIGH, NC – Despite Senator Tillis’  new claims today about offshore drilling, a close look at his record will show that Tillis has consistently sold out North Carolina’s coastal communities, supported offshoring drilling on North Carolina’s coast and prioritized his oil and gas donors over the people he actually serves. 

In his  maiden speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate — a speech most Senators use to introduce their top priorities for their first term in office — Tillis called for offshore drilling in North Carolina. Despite bipartisan opposition, Tillis even introduced an amendment to do so.

And he has continued to lend his support to opening North Carolina’s coast to offshore drilling, despite the objection of businesses and communities along the coast, saying as recently as March 2019 that he and the President are “in the same place.” 

Even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Senator Tillis has continued to look out for his oil and gas donors. When oil prices dropped, Tillis wrote a letter to the administration urging there be no “oil and gas bias” when distributing economic relief funds. After a White House summit with the industry on April 3, Tillis received over $60,000 in corporate PAC checks from companies that had attended the summit. 

“If the Fayetteville Observer gave Senator Tillis’ flip flop on the emergency declaration an ‘Olympic gold medal,’ this stunt may deserve a lifetime achievement award in flip flopping,” said Kate Frauenfelder, a spokeswoman for Cal Cunningham’s campaign. “Since the moment he stepped foot on the Senate floor, he has been no friend to North Carolina’s coast, prioritizing his oil and gas donors over our state. North Carolinians won’t be fooled by Tillis’ transparent attempt to rewrite his failed record in Washington.”

Cal Cunningham is proud to be endorsed by the League of Conservation Voters, in part for his commitment to stand against drilling off of North Carolina’s coast.