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Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling

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Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling
In another push to deal with soaring gas prices, President Bush on Monday will lift an executive ban on offshore drilling that has stood since his father was president. But the move, by itself, will do nothing unless Congress acts as well. The president plans to officially lift the ban and then explain his actions in a Rose Garden statement, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.

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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I agree that we have used oil-based vehicles to propell our ecconomy. We can't just abandon oil cold turkey and expect the ecconomy to not completely fall apart. Have you seen that commercial talking about the percentage of oil we have imported over the last 20 years. In the 80's, it was 25%. It has steadily grown to 70% (and growing) today. Will drilling our own oil enable us to keep a cap on the cost of oil? Not immediately, but it will eventually. We need to use the oil we have as a "nicoteen patch" while we wean ourselves from oil.
stephley stephley 8 years
Nope, we're in this mess because we consume like pigs. We've long known that there's a finite amount of oil available, that useing it pollutes in a number of serious ways, and that we should have been developing alternatives, or even conserving, all along, but we chose not to.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
The percentage of oil that we imported has exploded in the 90's through today. We are in this mess BECAUSE we haven't drilled into our vast oil reserves.
stephley stephley 8 years
When the shoe fits... lack of off-shore drilling didn't get us into this mess.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
That's right blame Bush.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
er, gas prices.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
"I just don't see why they are investing so much time and effort into this proposal. " Because most people will not know much about it and will just think Bush is trying to lower as prices.
stephley stephley 8 years
We don't have to do this eventually - this is too little late in the game. By the time anything usable comes of this, we should be past needing it if we honestly want to end our dependency.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
With that, I'd like to see us remove any leases we have with oil companies that aren't currently being drilled, or explored. We need to make sure we get all the oil outside of ANWR before we go in there.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I say add Anwar to the list as well. And take the number of reinferies we have and double ot triple it, then we might be making enough fuel. Sorry people on the coast. Get over it. you dont' own the coast. you own a little parcel of land that over looks the coast...and if you do own the apologies.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
We've got to do this eventually. We should've been doing this sooner. Let's find the oil, so that we can use it, and also look for ways to get off of our dependancy on oil.
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I just don't understand why they keep pushing this issue. It will only get into our market in 7 years, it will NEVER enter the global market, so it will not change the price of gas. I just don't see why they are investing so much time and effort into this proposal. There have to be others that are much more productive and Republican friendly.
stephley stephley 8 years
So, screw people who make their livings along the coast, let's crap it up looking for oil that might help a teensy bit 8 to 10 years from now.
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
Well, I guess that ends the oil dependency problem. Next issue?
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