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2008-07-15 09:01:21

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. Democrats in Congress, joined by environmentalists, criticized the step and ridiculed it as ineffectual, while most Republicans and industry representatives applauded it as long overdue. The lifting of the moratorium -...

2008-07-15 06:00:51

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. The decision will have no immediate effect unless Congress also agrees to rescind a separate ban that lawmakers put in place more than a quarter-century ago. The president and congressional...

2008-07-15 00:00:30

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. "It's time for members of Congress to address the pain that high gas prices are causing our citizens," the president said. "Every extra dollar that American families spend because of high gas prices is one less dollar...

2008-07-14 21:00:28

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. They don't agree on where to drill, and if they did, it still wouldn't provide any help to motorists struggling at the pump and people facing record heating bills next winter. For the second time in three weeks, President Bush on Friday...

2008-07-14 18:00:35

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. Bush said his plan would reduce pressure on record gasoline prices, and he urged Congress to follow his lead. "Failure to act is unacceptable," Bush said. But as soon as the president announced his plan in a Rose Garden ceremony, California's Democratic leaders accused Bush of...

2008-07-14 18:00:35

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. Bush talked tough Monday, appearing in the Rose Garden and explaining that "With this action, the executive branch's restrictions on this exploration have been cleared away. "This means that the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action from the U.S. Congress."...

2008-07-14 18:00:03

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. Americans are concerned with the high price of gasoline, Bush said in a Rose Garden announcement in which he lifted an executive order prohibiting offshore drilling. However, Reid, D-Nev., said an amendment giving states new authority to seek oil off their coasts will not come up for a vote when the Democratic energy bill is considered...

2008-07-14 15:00:46

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. Americans are concerned with the high price of gasoline, Bush said in a Rose Garden announcement in which he lifted an executive order prohibiting offshore drilling. The move is seen as largely symbolic, as it cannot circumvent federal and state bans on offshore drilling. Bush, who leaves office in January, renewed his call for opening...

2008-07-14 15:00:46

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. We will continue to foster a market for alternative energies because choice is the only way we will ultimately bring down fuel costs, Schwarzenegger said in a written statement. President George Bush...

2008-07-14 15:00:27

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. "The Bush plan is a hoax. It will neither reduce gas prices nor increase energy independence. It just gives millions more acres to the same companies that are sitting on nearly 68 million acres of public lands...


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