GOP: Support grows to drill offshore

GOP: Support grows to drill offshore

There are 50 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Jun 12, 2008, titled GOP: Support grows to drill offshore. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

Democrats on a House subcommittee defeat a plan to lift a 27-year-old moratorium.

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Screaming O

United States

#47 Jun 12, 2008
WASHINGTON — A House subcommittee on Wednesday rejected a Republican-led effort to open up more U.S. coastal waters to oil exploration.

Rep. John Peterson, R-Pa., spearheaded the effort. His proposal would open up U.S. waters between 50 and 200 miles off shore for drilling. The first 50 miles off shore would be left alone.

But the plan failed Wednesday on a 9-6, party-line vote in a House appropriations subcommittee, which was considering the proposal as part of an Interior Department spending package.

With record oil prices and gas prices projected to hover around the $4 mark for the rest of the summer, Republicans have ratcheted up their efforts to open up oil exploration along U.S. coastline. But the long-sought change has so far been unsuccessful.

Most offshore oil production and exploration has been banned since a federal law passed in 1981.
Smithfield Bill

Lewisport, KY

#48 Jun 12, 2008
oh just for an update
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less is now over 635000 signatures.
Screaming O

United States

#49 Jun 12, 2008
Smithfield Bill wrote:
oh just for an update
Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less is now over 635000 signatures.
Thanks for the update!
Smithfield Bill

Lewisport, KY

#50 Jun 13, 2008
Anyone that wants to read the petition and/or sign it, it can be found at www.americansolutions.com
River Veteran

Cumming, GA

#51 Jun 13, 2008
Smithfield Bill wrote:
Anyone that wants to read the petition and/or sign it, it can be found at www.americansolutions.com
WOW..........they are up to about 700,000 signatures so far.

Keep passing the link on people.
vaughn

Seattle, WA

#52 Jun 14, 2008
Democratic has a conspiracy going on. They want to use up all other people's oil first by paying with cheaper, by the day, dollars. Once all other people's oil is used up, then Democratic will open up drilling every place in USA. The only problem is: way before that time, Democratic will lose power. 2008 will likely see a democratic president and an unusual republic congress. Go figure, democartic and environmentalist! Time has changed!
vaughn

Seattle, WA

#53 Jun 14, 2008
Vote democratic out of power to show them who is the real boss in this country.

As a democratic myself, I have decided to pledge my royalty to my pocket and vote a republic congress this November.
vaughn

Seattle, WA

#54 Jun 14, 2008
The Russians had a theory that oil is produced deep inside the earth via high temp/pressure. Oil, unlike claimed by western, is not fossil-based. In other words, oil is not produced by the deal bodies of marine life, etc.,

The Russians further said and seems proved( 2nd producers out of no where) if the well is go deep engough ( at least some 35,000 feet deep into the earth), the oil can be found.( see all those deep drills going on in the gulf of Mexico)

Drill here, drill now before Diesel breaks $10 dollar a gallon and bankrupts the US economy.
vaughn

Seattle, WA

#55 Jun 14, 2008
Not drilling deep seems a bad idea. If oil is produced deep inside the earth, then one can say oil is kept inside a big pot--the earth. If US does not want to do deep drill, other countries will do and get the oil out of the big pot and out of the US of A.

So, if chinese starts drilling in Cuban sea near Key and finds oil/gas ( it will find based on Russia's deep drilling theory), then it will draw oil which may be stored under the depth of the Florida. Go figure! Congress? keep freezing off shore drilling and let Chinese get all the oil from the US of A.
Ron Mexico

Candler, NC

#56 Jun 14, 2008
Keyboard Commando wrote:
Hey Bobby Scott and Jim Webb you need to read Stupid.
While Washington dithers over exploiting oil and gas reserves off the coast of Florida, China has seized the opportunity to gobble up these deposits, which run throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and along the U.S. Gulf coast.
The Chinese have forged a deal with Cuban leader Fidel Castro to explore and tap into massive oil reserves almost within sight of Key West, Florida. At the same time, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who controls the largest oil reserves in the Western Hemisphere, is making deals to sell his country’s oil to China, oil that is currently coming to the United States.
Meanwhile, a new left-wing populist regime in Bolivia has nationalized the natural gas industry, threatening to cut off supplies to the United States.
SLANT DRILLING
There are new reports out circulating that Chinese firms are planning to slant drill off the Cuban coast near the Florida Straits, tapping into U.S. oil reserves that are estimated at 4.6 billion to 9.3 billion barrels. This compares with 4 billion to 10 billion barrels believed to be beneath the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, where drilling is held up in Congress due to the objections of environmental groups which warn of endangering caribou. Permission to drill in the refuge, which experts are certain will not present any environmental hazard, has failed by just two votes in the Senate.
As Chinese business increases its reach around the world, it is seeking oil, which it lacks domestically.
After elections in Mexico in early July, when a new regime hostile to Washington is expected to take power, the United States might be without supplies of Mexican crude oil. The United States gets about 40 percent of its imported oil from Mexico and Venezuela.
China is eager to tap into oil reserves in the Florida Straits and then make a deal with Castro to control it. The Chinese have already reopened an abandoned Russian oil refinery in Cuba. Much of the gas refined there is believed to be destined for Freeport in the Bahamas, where the Chinese, through front company Hutchison-Whampoa, has developed a massive port facility and airfield.
With the refinery reopened and expanded it will also meet the needs of Castro.
Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) has introduced legislation to ease U.S. restrictions that prevent dealing with Cuba to drill in the Florida Straits. It is hoped that Florida regulations that prevent U.S. oil drilling off the state’s coasts could also be eased.
The irony is that Chinese drilling could be even more of an environmental hazard since China is not as concerned about or equipped to deal with any potential ecological disaster as a result of a spill, said Craig.
I thought Fidel was dead and Craig was a bit busy in the airport bathroom?

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