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Latest United States offshore drilling debate Stories

2008-08-04 06:00:22

By Felicity Barringer With the advent of $4-a-gallon gasoline in the United States has come a bruising debate in Congress over whether to intensify efforts to drill on government lands, including part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. But while those hoping to lower prices at the pump are clamoring for new oil, most of the new onshore drilling of the past seven years has produced natural gas, not oil. The Bush administration, in its effort to expand energy production, has...

2008-08-04 06:00:14

By Susan Page WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it. The scramble over expanded drilling off America's coasts -- ammunition for a weekend of rat-a-tat-tat by the presidential campaigns -- underscores the political power of $4-a-gallon gas. Though President Bush and other backers of new drilling acknowledge it wouldn't...

2008-08-03 21:00:16

Is the Los Angeles area - and the rest of California - experiencing a major realignment of thinking on the issues of energy and the environment? That may be the case if trends tracked by a new statewide survey continue. The headlines that followed the release of last week's survey by the Public Policy Institute of California focused on how a slim majority of Californians now favor offshore oil drilling. This is the first time that has happened since the institute began asking the question....

2008-08-03 12:00:29

By H. Josef Hebert Associated Press WASHINGTON -- President Bush chastised Democrats on Saturday for refusing to allow a vote on whether to lift the federal ban on offshore oil drilling before lawmakers departed for their summer recess. "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. It was the fourth time last week that he has called for Congress to end the drilling restrictions off the...

2008-08-01 15:00:47

By Steven Harmon SACRAMENTO -- As gas prices remain above $4 a gallon in most of the Bay Area, Californians are more open to the idea of offshore drilling for oil than they have been in the past. A slim majority -- 51 percent to 45 percent -- approve of offshore drilling, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. It's the first time since the institute began asking the question in 2003 that more residents favor drilling than oppose it. A year ago, 41 percent...

2008-08-01 15:00:47

Sen. John McCain and the GOP say that if we open up offshore drilling, gas prices will come down. In about 10 years. Maybe. But wait, why aren't the oil companies drilling on the millions of acres that are already open to them? Why did the GOP earlier this month block Congress from passing laws that would force oil companies to drill where they already can? And for that matter, why would oil companies spend millions of dollars to pump more oil so that the gas prices would come down? Does...

2008-07-31 21:00:34

By Joe Conason Forced to cancel a planned visit to an oil platform off the Mississippi coast last week because of inclement weather - and the untimely leaking of hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil by a shipwreck in the vicinity - John McCain finally got his photo op at a Bakersfield derrick on July 28. Speaking on site, the Arizona senator delivered extraordinarily good news to the beleaguered gasoline-consuming public as he explained why we must drill offshore. Based on briefings...

2008-07-31 00:00:39

SACRAMENTO _ As gas prices remain above $4 a gallon, Californians are more open to the idea of off-shore drilling for oil than they have been in the past. A slim majority _ 51 percent to 45 percent _ approve of offshore drilling, according to a survey by the Public Policy Institute of California. It's the first time since PPIC began asking the question in 2003 that more residents favor drilling than oppose. Just a year ago, only 41 percent favored drilling. Still, the issue appears driven...

2008-07-23 12:01:10

WASHINGTON, July 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "After millions of acres have been surrendered to oil companies by the Bush administration in recent years, with no positive impact for consumers, must we really now sacrifice the safety of our beaches and our last wild places? "The U.S. has an energy crisis on its hands. It's disappointing that Big Oil is dictating the GOP leadership's response in the face of this crisis. It's stunning that rather than putting consumers first, the response...

2008-07-21 15:00:56

Breaking with an 18-year ban imposed by his father, President George W. Bush recently lifted an executive order prohibiting oil exploration in U.S. coastal waters. With that act, Bush said on July 15 at a Rose Garden news conference, "the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action from the U.S. Congress." Meanwhile, an organization led by former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, American Solutions, is promoting a "Drill Here. Drill Now. Pay Less."...


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