10 Dems warn Kerry: Don't expand offshore drilling in climate change bill

The warning was issued to Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerrySusan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race Wesley Clark says Trump not serving in Vietnam 'might have been for the best' in light of Russian bounty reports Juan Williams: Time for boldness from Biden MORE (D-Mass.) and the two other architects of upcoming energy and climate legislation.

It highlights the balancing act Kerry and his allies face as they try to craft legislation that can attract industry and GOP backing without hemorrhaging support among liberals and environmentalists.

Wider drilling is part of the compromise bill that Kerry and Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham challenger Harrison raises record-shattering .9 million for SC Senate bid Trump renews culture war, putting GOP on edge Bubba Wallace responds to Trump: 'Even when it's HATE from the POTUS.. Love wins' MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are drafting and hope to bring to the Senate floor this year.

The coastal Democrats, in a letter to the three this week, laud the effort to write a climate bill, noting their states are at risk from sea level rise, but say a major expansion of offshore drilling will cause them to drop their support.

“But we hope that as you forge legislation, you are mindful that we cannot support legislation that will mitigate one risk only to put our coasts at greater peril from another source,” the 10 Democrats wrote.

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The March 23 letter cites environmental risks from spills. The senators also fear that development could impede military training activities.

The 10 Democrats do not provide specifics about the degree of offshore drilling expansion that would cause them to withhold support for the climate and energy bill, and Kerry, Graham and Lieberman have not yet released bill text. But Graham and lawmakers who have been briefed on the nascent plan say it gives coastal states discretion over the extent of development off their shores.

The letter says that any level of increased access must be coupled with leasing reforms that push companies to develop areas already under lease before new regions are opened.