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2008-09-07 12:00:00

By Deb Riechmann Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush says if Congress doesn't permit offshore drilling to increase U.S. oil supplies and possibly ease gasoline prices, lawmakers should not expect voters to support them in November. In his Saturday radio address, Bush said experts claim the Outer Continental Shelf could eventually produce nearly 10 years' worth of U.S. oil production. Yet while record fuel prices have focused more attention on increasing domestic energy...

2008-09-03 09:00:39

Bush urges Congress to agree on more domestic energy production WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- President George W. Bush urged Tuesday that Congress agree to lift legislative restrictions on offshore oil drilling to help produce more domestic energy production. "One thing is for certain, when Congress comes back, they've got to understand that we need more domestic energy, not less," Bush told reporters after being briefed on the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. "One place to find it is...

2008-08-30 09:00:57

By Letter to the Editor A recent letter brought up one of the major arguments being used against offshore drilling -- that the oil companies aren't drilling on the land they've currently leased, so why let them have more? This argument makes a major mistake. It assumes oil is easily found. In fact, much like finding water, you cannot hope to find oil by just drilling randomly. The leaseholds oil firms have been given are just land. They still have to determine if oil can be found there....

2008-08-28 15:01:01

By Letter to the Editor Will offshore oil drilling really make things better for you? The answer is a resounding no. Offshore oil drilling won't impact gas prices today, and it won't have a significant impact on gas prices in the future. This is nothing more than a money grab by the oil companies, who are already making record-breaking profits. We burn 25 percent of the world's oil here in the United States, but we have only 3 percent of the world's oil reserves. So even if all offshore...

2008-08-28 03:00:50

By Snow, Nick The US House of Representatives rejected the Democratic leadership's latest energy bill in a 244-173 vote on July 17 when HR 6515 - which came to the floor under a rules suspension - fell short of the necessary two-thirds vote for passage. The bill, formally known as the Drill Responsibly in Leased Lands (DRILL) Act, included so-called "Use it or lose it" provisions from HR 6251, which Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WVa.) championed and the House...

2008-08-26 03:00:51

By George Bush Podium 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 America's domestic oil...

2008-08-24 12:00:17

By Associated Press CRAWFORD, Texas -- President Bush on Saturday blamed the Democratic-led Congress for the high cost of gasoline and renewed his call for expanded offshore drilling to increase U.S. oil supplies. "To reduce pressure on prices, we need to increase the supply of oil, especially oil produced here at home," Bush said in his weekly radio address. Congress left for the August recess without a solution to fuel prices. In a bid to force a vote on offshore drilling, Republicans...

2008-08-23 12:00:48

U.S. President George W. Bush Saturday accused congressional Democrats of trying to block offshore oil drilling by pushing a bill "that is designed to fail." In his weekly radio address, Bush said public pressure on Congress to take action on offshore oil drilling "has become overwhelming." He claimed that has forced Democratic congressional leaders into adopting a new strategy to prevent offshore drilling. "Rather than attempting to block expanded drilling by preventing a vote, they are...

2008-08-21 18:00:47

By JASON ROSENBAUM Flanked by the leaders of the National Republican Congressional Committee, former state Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer stressed a need to increase drilling for oil to relieve the country's energy woes. Luetkemeyer, a Republican from Saint Elizabeth who is running to succeed U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, R-Mo., held a news conference yesterday near the Sinclair gas station near Stadium Boulevard and College Avenue with NRCC Chairman Tom Cole. The Oklahoma congressman visited...

2008-08-21 09:01:05

By Dina Cappiello Associated Press WASHINGTON -- Energy companies bid hundreds of millions of dollars Wednesday to explore for oil and natural gas beneath 1.8 million acres in the western Gulf of Mexico while looking forward to the possibility of future drilling in federal waters now off- limits. The results of the first lease sale since offshore drilling emerged as a key campaign issue after gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon only muddied the waters as to how much politics can really...


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