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2008-09-17 13:45:00

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday will lift the longstanding ban on offshore oil drilling, opening most of the U.S. coastline to exploration. Democrats proposed giving states the option to allow drilling between 50 and 100 miles (80 and 160 km) off their shores. Areas more than 100 miles from the coast would be completely open to oil exploration and drilling. Democratic leaders in Congress strongly opposed lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling until...

2008-09-16 12:00:44

The US House of Representatives is expected to vote on an energy package that will open up a majority of the US coastline for offshore drilling as Congress debates whether to lift a federal moratorium that banned offshore drilling. US Democrats, who have till now strongly resisted any plans to lift the moratorium, are now leading the debate to open up shores for offshore drilling. Most Republicans, who were previously in favor of revoking the ban, are expected to oppose the bill as it...

2008-09-14 12:00:21

By Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Democrats sought on Saturday to drum up support for compromise legislation on offshore drilling, challenging Republicans to break from Bush administration policies that neglect development of alternative energy sources. "Enough is enough," Sen. Ken Salazar of Colorado said in the Democrats' weekly radio address, citing rising energy prices, including $4-a-gallon diesel fuel. Salazar chastised Sen. John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, and...

2008-09-14 03:00:21

By Bush, George W August 23, 2008 Good morning. Before they left Washington for their August recess, Congress failed to take action on an issue that is currently of great concern to Americans: high prices at the gas pump. The fundamental reason for high gasoline prices is that the supply of oil is not keeping pace with demand. To reduce pressure on prices, we need to increase the supply of oil, especially oil produced here at home. So in June, I called on Congress to open up more of...

2008-09-13 09:00:20

By DALE EISMAN By Dale Eisman The Virginian-Pilot WASHINGTON Even as House Democratic leaders handed Republicans a symbolic victory this week in their long fight for new offshore oil development, critics charged that the fine print in the plan probably will continue to keep drillers out of the Atlantic. While lifting a 25-year federal ban on most offshore oil and natural gas drilling, the legislation would block Virginia and other coastal states from sharing in a $2.6 trillion...

2008-09-13 03:00:26

With public opinion shifting toward offshore drilling, Democrats are looking to defuse the volatile election issue by allowing oil companies for the first time to explore off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Virginia to Florida - but only if they foot the bill for new alternative-energy programs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who not long ago staunchly opposed lifting any of the offshore-drilling bans, said yesterday she now supports an energy package that would including drilling in federal...

2008-09-10 09:00:41

From staff and wire reports WASHINGTON With public opinion shifting toward offshore drilling, Democrats are looking to defuse the volatile election issue by allowing oil companies for the first time to explore off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts from Virginia to Florida - but only if they also foot the bill for new alternative energy programs. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who not long ago staunchly opposed lifting any of the offshore-drilling bans, said Tuesday that she now supports an...

2008-09-09 09:00:44

By H. Josef Hebert Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats promised a series of votes next week on offshore oil drilling as Republicans agreed Monday to let the Senate proceed on a defense bill that had been bottled up because of partisan disputes over the country's energy priorities. Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said he is ready to take up two proposals that would allow limited oil and gas drilling 50 miles off Florida's Gulf coast and in the Atlantic off four...

2008-09-08 15:00:59

Offshore drilling is expected to dominate U.S. congressional debate in the coming weeks with leaders saying they'll try to fashion a proposal for a vote. During the August recess, House Republicans were in Washington to debate offshore oil exploration, a move House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has opposed until recently, The Hill reported Monday. She and other Democratic leaders said they would allow a vote to end a moratorium on drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife...

2008-09-07 18:00:18

A multimillion-dollar ad campaign promoting drilling for oil and gas off the U.S. coasts hopes to strike a legislative gusher in Congress, proponents say. The aggressive campaign by the American Petroleum Institute, which represents the oil and gas industry, seeks to persuade Congress to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling off the Florida coast and other parts of the country, institute Vice President Jim Craig told the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. Senate Democrats and Republicans may...


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