Chris Coons joins the Senate as a strong opponent of offshore drilling along Delaware's coast and as a supporter of offshore wind energy to create jobs in Delaware and beyond, strengthen our national security, and reduce pollution. Coons opposed the Obama administration's proposal in March 2010 to open the Mid-Atlantic to offshore drilling, and he has been a consistent advocate for developing Delaware's offshore wind energy industry. As a senator, he has pledged to support strong mandatory reductions in global warming pollution as well as a national standard requiring that utilities nationwide get 25% of their electricity from clean, renewable sources by 2025.
Chris Coons served as the New Castle County Executive since 2005, having won re-election in 2008. The city of Wilmington is located in New Castle County, Delaware's most populous county. He has spent much of his career working on behalf of the public interest, whether as an advocate with the Council for the Homeless, as an aid worker in Kenya, or as a writer on South Africa and the U.S. divestment movement. His private sector experience includes serving as in-house counsel for W.L. Gore & Associates, the Delaware-based maker of Gore-Tex fabrics and other high-tech materials. Having defeated Dirty Dozen member Christine O'Donnell, Coons replaces Senator Ted Kaufman, who steps down after garnering a perfect 100% LCV score for 2009, the year he was appointed to fill the seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden who earned an 83% LCV lifetime score.
In his own words:
"While I strongly support the President's commitment to reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil, drilling for oil off Delaware's coastline is simply not the right solution. Like Governor Markell, I believe our nation should invest more in offshore wind energy instead. It's the smartest and safest way to create jobs and new energy supplies in our state. I've pledged to oppose drilling off Delaware's shore and to support efforts to expand offshore wind energy production."