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OMSA Responds to President’s Plan for Energy Security

March 30, 2011

Statement from Jim Adams, President and CEO,
Offshore Marine Service Association

(New Orleans, Louisiana) — March 30, 2011 — In response to remarks made by the President today during his speech on energy security, Jim Adams, president and CEO of the Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA), issued the follow statement:

“Once again, President Obama is sending us into the Bizarro World. He says he wants to cut America’s dependence on foreign oil, then his administration refuses to approve but a handful of deepwater drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The President says he wants incentives for domestic drilling, then seeks new limits on drilling leases.

“Even Superman could not find his way out of this convoluted logic.

“It’s time President Obama got back to the real world and offered a real solution to rising gas prices and our nation’s growing dependence on foreign oil. Let Gulf workers get back to exploring for oil in America’s waters.

“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: It’s the permits, stupid.”

OMSA represents the owners and operators of U.S. flag offshore service vessels and the shipyards and other businesses that support that industry.

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