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Tom Carper will never stop fighting for our environment and Delaware jobs.

Delaware’s beaches have routinely been ranked as the best in the country. And it’s not just a source of pride. Our coastline helps vibrant communities through fishing, recreation and tourism, supporting more than 60,000 jobs.

That’s why when the Trump Administration announced it wanted to expand offshore drilling to off of our beaches Tom had a simple response — “Over my dead body.”

Tom has been fighting against the Trump Administration’s dangerous efforts and getting results for our beaches and Delaware’s economy.

  • Tom has fought the administration’s attempts to expand offshore drilling off Delaware’s coast at every turn. He opposed efforts to begin seismic testing off our shores, which could impact marine life. And he led the call to restart stalled research into offshore drilling safety enforcement. [Associated Press, 7/25/17; WMDT, 2/23/18]
  • When President Trump called for a complete elimination of the Chesapeake Bay Restoration program, which would hurt our economy and put Delaware’s drinking water at risk, Tom fought back and led the effort to make sure the program remained funded. [Bay Journal, 3/26/18]
  • President Trump withdrew his nominee for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Kathleen Hartnett White – an anti-science nominee who asserted that fossil fuels ended slavery – after Tom went door to door to Senate Republicans’ offices, raising the alarm on her disastroushearing performance and her even more disastrous record. [Washington Post, 2/4/18]
  • Within just months after the Hurricane Sandy, Tom helped bring $30 million in funding to Delaware to rebuild beaches and dunes, which included projects in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Indian River Inlet, Bethany Beach, South Bethany and Fenwick Island. [Cape Gazette, 4/30/13]
  • He secured $38 million in funding to restore 4,000 acres of dunes and coastal marshes in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. A multi-million-dollar habitat restoration was completed this year at Mispillion Harbor protecting vulnerable migrating birds, like the red knot, and horseshoe crabs. [Delaware Business Now, 11/2/16; DelawareOnline.com, 5/25/18]
  • Tom is championing the bipartisan America’s Water Infrastructure Act, which authorizes millions of dollars for a new beach renourishment and shoreline protection program specifically for the Mid-Atlantic region. It helps to accelerate future beach repair projects and prioritizes natural infrastructure alternatives, like dunes, that have proven effective in flood control efforts. [The Hill, 5/8/18]
  • After heavy storms and nor’easters battered Delaware in 2015 and 2016, Tom secured over $15 million for a replenishment project in Bethany Beach, South Bethany, and Fenwick Island. In 2015, Tom helped secure the funds for a $63 million project in Sussex County to renourish Broadkill Beach. [WBOC, 10/2/17]
  • As the top Democrat on the committee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Tom has been leading the fight against Scott Pruitt from day one. He led a boycott of the vote on Pruitt’s nomination in committee and held an all-night protest of his nomination on the Senate floor. Tom sent more than 70 letters investigating Scott Pruitt’s steady stream of reckless environmental rollbacks and ethical violations. Tom initiated 7 official investigations into Scott Pruitt’s unprecedented misconduct. [The Hill, 2/1/17; New Journal, 7/5/18]

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