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2008-06-22 12:00:30

By Deb Riechmann Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush is accusing Democrats in Congress of blocking his energy proposals, saying they are partly to blame for high gasoline costs pinching Americans' budgets. In his Saturday radio address, Bush urged Congress to lift its long-standing ban on offshore oil and gas drilling to increase U.S. energy production. Democrats have rejected the idea. "This is a difficult time for many American families," Bush said. "Rising gasoline prices...

2008-06-20 09:00:44

By DALE EISMAN By Dale Eisman and Warren Fiske The Virginian-Pilot RICHMOND Democrat Mark Warner said Wednesday that potential oil and natural gas deposits off the Virginia coast should be open for exploration, but not necessarily for production. Republican Jim Gilmore argued that offshore energy must be exploited to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign producers. "Drill here. Drill now. Pay less," he declared. The arms-length exchange between the two former governors and current...

2008-06-20 06:00:34

True to type, Jim Gilmore promised Virginians Tuesday that he has the cure for the pain they're feeling from paying $4 a gallon at the gas pump: "Drill here, drill now and pay less." A bit wordy for a bumper sticker, and not original to his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Virginia. But very usable. Republican Gilmore, who rode an ill-conceived "No car tax" pledge to a term as governor, knows the value of offering a simple, easy fix to whatever's ailing people. The panacea this time:...

2008-06-20 06:00:16

It was almost inevitable that a combination of $4-a-gallon gas, public anxiety and politicians eager to win votes would produce political pandering on an epic scale. So it has, the latest instance being President George W. Bush's decision to ask Congress to end the federal ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along much of America's continental shelf. This is worse than a dumb idea. It is cruelly misleading. It will make only a modest difference, at best, to prices at the pump, and even...

2008-06-20 00:00:25

By H Josef Hebert The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Despite all the big talk from politicians, don't hold your breath for gas-pump relief from Washington.The nation's anger over $4 gasoline is producing political theatrics at the White House, in Congress and on the presidential campaign trail. Republicans are demanding new drilling off the nation's beaches. Democrats want to tax away oil companies' profits.But the politically charged proposals have little chance of becoming law - and even...

2008-06-19 12:00:59

A renewed push for offshore oil drilling is hampered by the lack of deep sea drilling ships, industry analysts said. With oil prices soaring, U.S. President George Bush Wednesday called for a repeal of bans on offshore and Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling, the New York Times reported. But, almost 100 percent of the oil companies are constrained in their investment program because there is no rig available, Alberto Guimaraes, a senior executive at Petrobras, told the Times....

2008-06-19 09:01:00

US president George W Bush has urged the country's Congress to lift a ban on offshore oil drilling, in a bid to address the increasing public pessimism over increasing oil prices, reported Reuters. The news source reported that Mr Bush's proposal to lift the drilling ban is sure to anger environmentalists. With average US gasoline prices reaching $4 per gallon, $1 higher compared to the same period of 2007, energy policy has become a critical talking point before the November 2008 US...

2008-06-19 09:00:59

By Edward Lotterman, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. Jun. 19--President Bush's proposal Wednesday to end decades-long bans on offshore oil and gas drilling may be a cynical political ploy, but he opens a useful debate. What trade-offs are there between the environment and energy production? Should we change policies made when energy prices were lower? At present, we have a lopsided policy based largely on precedent. We allow substantial new drilling in waters off two states -- Texas and...

2008-06-19 06:00:09

By Curtis Morgan, The Miami Herald Jun. 19--If the offshore-drilling ban covering much of the nation's coast is lifted, the next oil and gas rush would start off of Florida's coast and spark an environmental battle of national scope. But it's far less certain that more drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would bring lower gasoline prices -- at least anytime soon. Likewise, there seems little chance of rigs rising off Southwest Florida or the Atlantic coast in the near future, if at all....

2008-06-18 21:00:20

An old debate over offshore drilling for oil and gas, once and possibly again focused on the N.C. coast, picked up speed Wednesday with President Bush's call for expanded exploration. Fueled by $4-a-gallon gas, the growing clamor for new energy sources still faces opponents who envision oil spills, blighted ocean views and shorelines industrialized by pipelines and refineries. Bush, in reversing his long-held position, talked tough: "Our nation must produce more oil, and we must start...


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