Coastal Business Alliances Congratulate President-Elect Biden and Vice President-Elect Harris
As leaders of coalitions representing over 50,000 businesses and 500,000 commercial fishing families along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of the United States, we offer our congratulations to President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on their electoral victory. We look forward to working with the incoming administration to protect our coastal communities from dirty and dangerous offshore drilling.
Ending offshore drilling will help our nation address the climate crisis and support millions of jobs. Prior to the pandemic, fishing, tourism, and recreation along the Atlantic, Pacific and Florida’s Gulf coasts supported over 2.6 million jobs and generated roughly $180 billion in GDP. Our children deserve a safe climate future.
It is time to respect the will of the voters. The incoming administration’s strong stance on protecting our natural resources, our climate, and our economy will soon turn to policy achievements, but that work cannot begin until the work of a presidential transition is completed.
The people have spoken, and we look forward to working with President-Elect Biden to protect our coasts and strengthen our coastal economies by permanently ending offshore drilling and advancing clean renewable offshore energy.
Vipe Desai, Chair and Founding Member of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Pacific Coast
Tom Kies, President of the Business Alliance for Protecting the Atlantic Coast