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From wire reports WASHINGTON President Bush lifted nearly two decades of executive orders banning drilling for oil and natural gas off the country's shoreline on Monday while challenging Congress to open up more areas for exploration to address soaring energy prices.
By Michael Collins, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jul. 15--WASHINGTON -- President Bush lifted an executive ban on oil and gas drilling off much of the nation's coasts on Monday, arguing that $4-a-gallon gas prices have left the country with no choice but to tap into its natural resources.
By Terence Hunt WASHINGTON - President Bush on Saturday tried to pin the blame on Congress for soaring energy prices and said lawmakers need to lift long-standing restrictions on drilling for oil in pristine lands and offshore tracts believed to hold huge reserves of fuel.
By H Josef Hebert WASHINGTON - More oil production suddenly has become the mantra for Republican and Democratic politicians alike as voters seethe over $4-plus gasoline - and the most powerful people in Washington can't find any way to provide relief.
WASHINGTON _ Fearing environmental damage to the state's coastline, California's top leaders made it clear Monday that they want nothing to do with President Bush's plan to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling.
WASHINGTON _ President Bush on Monday lifted the 18-year-old White House ban on offshore drilling, but his action is likely to have no impact on prices or supplies anytime soon, if ever.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Monday rejected President Bush's call to lift an offshore drilling moratorium, saying he will not allow a vote.
U.S. President George Bush Monday renewed his call for Congress to repeal the ban on offshore oil exploration, in place since the early 1980s.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired back at the Bush administration Monday for its decision to lift the ban on offshore oil drilling. The Republican governor said in a statement that offshore drilling was not the answer to higher fuel costs and urged a focus on non-petroleum energy.
WASHINGTON, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President Bush's announcement lifting the executive ban on drilling in protected coastal areas: "Once again, the oilman in the White House is echoing the demands of Big Oil.