House passes measure to expand offshore oil drilling
With high gas prices becoming a hot political issue, the House on Thursday passed legislation that would expand offshore energy exploration, even though Congress has yet to pass new drilling safeguards a year after the massive gulf oil spill.
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#1 May 7, 2011
So the US intends to increase its carbon footprint on the face of the earth, whoever will believe that this country stands for green environment? When push comes to shove it's the driving habits of Americans that count the most, not the melting of the ice in the Arctic and Antarctic.
Fort Huachuca, AZ
#2 May 13, 2011
If you are soo worried about carbon footprints, why don't you volunteer to remove your's? Geez!
Finally! For those liberals who have been whining that the Republicans haven't kept their 4 month promise of job creations [but have conveniently forgotten Obama's 1.5 YEARS promise to do same], can now stop whining. For those liberals who have been whining about the price of vehicle fuel and like Pelosi are still blaming the "Oil Men in the WH" [Bush], ditto.
House Approves Bill to Lift Drilling Moratorium
by Chad Pergram | May 12, 2011
The House of Representatives voted to open more of the nation's oceans for oil and gas exploration on Thursday by a vote of 243 to 179.
"The "Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act," requires the Interior Department to set a production goal of three million barrels of oil per day for its 2012-2017 leasing plan.
"In order to reach that target, the legislation requires the department to hold lease sales off the coast of Southern California, in the Arctic Ocean, off Alaska's Bristol Bay, and in the Atlantic Ocean from Maine to North Carolina.
"Republicans say that the bill, along with two other drilling measures passed earlier this month, would create 1.2 million jobs and lower the price of oil. The Congressional Budget Office says that the offshore lease sales would generate $800 million in revenue over ten years.
"The Obama administration released a statement opposing the bill Wednesday. The White House argued that the proposal would undermine the current leasing process and mandate drilling leases without input from the affected states."
"The Heritage Foundation is not convinced by the headlines or assertions by the Obama administration regarding the lifted ban on deep-water drilling. It writes,While yesterdays announcement does remove one legal barrier to the resumption of energy investment in the Gulf, the Obama administration still retains full discretion over whether or not any new permits will be issued. And all indications are that those new permits will not be coming any time soon.
"Louisiana State University professor Joseph Mason told the Christian Science Monitor that uncertain policy decisions regarding oil drilling make it difficult for oil rig operators to plan for the future. As a result, they will likely move, ultimately taking jobs overseas." WAY TO LOSE AMERICAN'S MORE JOBS DEMOCRATS.
"The Heritage Foundation reports that since the Deepwater Horizon spill, the Interior Department has issued only 10 percent of shallow-water permits that they normally do."
Scum: "In 2004, when speaking to the League of Conservation Voters, then-Senator Obama stated,I believe that existing policies are imbalanced in favor of new and increased [oil and gas] extraction. Reduced energy demand would eliminate the need for new production on federal public lands, and I would oppose such production in any event.
"In other words, he prefers reduced energy demand to the development of energy resources."
See how your supposed representatives voted.
Martin Heinrich [D-NM] of course voted 'No' as did
Mañuel Lujan, Jr.[D-NM]
Thank God for Steve Pearce [R-NM]
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