Democrat Ed Markey: Attacks on Libya 'Because of Oil'

Markey: "I think all Americans know why we made this strike"

The United States military action against Libya is motivated by a desire for affordable and accessible oil, a top Democrat on environmental issues said Monday.

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee, said that he agreed with President Obama's decision to launch, along with allies, attacks against Libya and its leader, Moammar Gadhafi. But Markey said the attacks were primarily motivated by oil.

"We are in Libya because of oil," Markey said on MSNBC. "It all goes back to the 5 million barrels of oil we import from OPEC on a daily basis."

"I think all Americans know why the president made this strike," he said. "As long as no American soldiers are on the ground...then I think it's a good decision for the president."

Markey said the U.S. involvement in Libya "highlighted the need for the United States to have a renewable energy strategy going forward."

The Massachusetts Democrat also pointed to the ongoing nuclear crisis in Japan as a potential turning point in the debate over sources of energy. Markey said that the U.S. should prohibit future construction of nuclear power plants in areas of high seismic activity, and work to fortify existing plants built on fault lines.
Here's the video. This was a short time ago on MSNBC Andrea Mitchell

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