"US House approves offshore drilling; Mass. legislators preserve area of Georges Bank" by Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff | September 17, 2008
WASHINGTON - Yesterday's vote confirmed that the Democratic majority could no longer muster the votes to keep the ban on offshore drilling that has been in place since 1982.
Pelosi still didn't have to bring it to the floor; she won't allow impeachment!!!!
This summer, as gas prices climbed to nearly $5 a gallon in parts of the country and constituents seethed, Republicans put Democrats on the defensive by repeatedly calling for a vote on drilling. "Drill, baby, drill" became a mantra at the recent Republican National Convention.
Aren't they always?
Whether the drilling question will be settled before the end of the year remains in question. A bipartisan group of 20 senators has been working on a separate energy plan that would give a handful of southern states the option to expand offshore drilling.
Yup, everything BEHIND CLOSED DOORS and IN SECRET by these globalist-serving tools!!!!
Reaching a deal on a complex issue during a contentious election season with so little time left in the session, however, may be difficult. If Congress does not act and the offshore ban expires, oil companies could technically start drilling within 3 miles of any shore, which is where state jurisdiction ends and federal waters begin.
But energy specialists said this week that Congress is sure to return to the issue next year if nothing happens this year and that oil companies are unlikely to pursue new exploration until Congress acts. The Bush administration yesterday threatened to veto the House legislation, the Associated Press reported.
Oh, so this whole article is basically WASTED TIME and PRINT, huh?