This year, the United States of America saw the largest single environmental incident in its history. Uncounted amounts of oil spewed out of the ocean’s floor after the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank beneath the waves of the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven people. Even now, the economic damage from the oil spill is increasing. More than seven months after the oil spill began, over 4,000 square miles of the Gulf of Mexico remain closed to fishing as a result of the disaster.
Incoming U.S. Representative Rick Crawford has a solution to the problems that enabled the Deepwater Horizon disaster to take place: Remove all obstacles to a repetition of the catastrophe. Crawford wants more offshore drilling, faster, farther, deeper, without restraint. “I support the immediate repeal of all limitations on oil and gas development on the Outer Continental Shelf,” Crawford says.
Rick Crawford took thousands of dollars from oil industry political action committees to fund his 2010 campaign.