Skip to comments.Bush to urge lifting of ban on offshore drilling
Posted on 06/17/2008 5:11:01 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Bush to urge lifting of ban on offshore drilling Tue Jun 17, 2008 7:55pm EDT
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush will make an announcement on Wednesday about energy and call on Congress to pass legislation lifting a ban on offshore oil drilling, the White House said.
"With gasoline now over $4 a gallon, tomorrow he will explicitly call on Congress to also pass legislation lifting the congressional ban on safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Tuesday.
(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...
Only about 7 years too late.......
You’re a little behind the times, aren’t you George? ...John McCain pushed this several months ago.
If he asked Congress to declare the sky blue...would they?
$4 gas might be the best thing that’s occurred in the energy area in the last 30 years. Short term pain for very long term gain.
Better late than never.
The Good Lord knows I like President Bush as an individual and that I am very proud of his conduct in the WOT where he has often had to stand alone but he is always a day late and a dollar short on political issues. He and his advisors just have poor political instincts or they are cowed by the media and the left. Either way, it’s not gonna change.
Gaaah! You beat me to it.
Interesting. I think we’re seeing a coordinated attack on the energy front. McCain, Norm Coleman, and Charlie Crist, all of whom previously opposed offshore drilling, are now on board, and now the President is pressing the attack. I think there must have been some serious backroom arm-twisting going on.
Read between the lines. There's always an escape clause with these weasels. He knows damn well that "safe, environmentally friendly offshore oil drilling" dooms it. No such thing as far as the DIMs and the EnviroTards are concerned.
The following, on one form or another, was sent by me to VP Cheney, the Whitehouse, and John McCain's website over the last few months. Maybe they listened....but it took a while.
* Cease all ethanol production. It takes away from food production and the unintended consequence is higher food costs. As diesel prices go up, the cost of farming tips the balance of cost to make ethanol a bad idea. Just say "no" to ethanol! Even Jimmy Carter says that diverting farm production from food to fuel is dumb even HE gets it. This will create only ONE "blend" of gasoline and will cease regional "boutique" blends (gasohols) which are stupid, costly, and meaningless. Trucking custom blends around the country is wasteful. Ethanol blends may actually lead to fewer miles to the gallon, and adds to the cost of production and transportation. Newer cars do not need oxygenated fuels.
* Lift the restrictions in order to drill for oil in Alaska, Gulf of Mexico, and other sites in the CONUS as a matter of national security.
* Encourage the petro industry to construct state-of-the-art refineries and/or retrofit current and dormant ones and crank up production for our newly-accessed oil in the CONUS.
* Make all carbon credit scams unlawful. Discrediting Algore should have been a slam-dunk a long time ago. Stop electing Reps who buy into the Global Warming / Global Cooling / Climate Change Hoax. CO2 is not our enemy!
* Construct SEVERAL, regional Pebble-Bed Modular Reactors (or other similar modern designs) that are rechargeable, and cleaner than any current nuclear generator design. Refine spent nuke fuel for recycling. DO SOMETHING NUCLEAR to resolve energy problems.
* Use the residual heat from the reactors above to process motor fuel from coal and/or shale. Even though Clinton "stole" some of the best coal reserves, we still have a lot to use.
* Become independent enough to make the cartels (i.e. OPEC) inconsequential.
* Convince local taxing bodies to lift or cap the sales tax on gasoline so that as gas prices go up, the local tax collectors dont see a windfall revenue jump at the expense of the consumer. The Federal government could compel the states (and locals) to cap the fuel taxes.
If you squint real hard, and read between the lines, the manifesto will require fewer RINOs and LibDems and the election of some clear-minded conservatives to even consider the above.
Well, if Bush or Congress plans on doing anything about, they ought to do it soon, or Bush will be calling on business, begging them to give working Americans pay raises, before they march on D.C. with torches and pitchforks.
You can only choke off and bleed the the working class so long, until really bad things start happening.
With gas at $4.00, maybe the nation will listen to him...THIS TIME.
Maybe, maybe not. This issue has been dropped right into the laps of Republicans as a golden opportunity in the current electoral season ... its good to finally see some of them begin to run with it, albeit a bit late, but at least they're beginning to run with it.
If the Pubbie's run with this issue, they'll destroy the Dems at the polls in November. Dems won't be laughing then.
You are right on the mark SERKIT...Good post.
Nonsense, he's been calling for it all along.
However, complaints over high prices are rolling into Washington so his words this time may resonate; it is seen like never before that the Dems' are twiddling their thumbs on the issue.
Yes he has. In addition, he has opened large areas to drilling in the continental US. BDS affects people's memories first, apparently.
Actually, over 10 years late. More clean up from the previous administration.
Not joking. Just saying that its a golden opportunity which has been dropped right into their laps, something which the Dems cannot counter ... all they need to do is pick up the ball and run with it, and it seems that McCain and now Bush are *finally* starting to do just that ... at least its a start
I didn't know this.
President Bush has done FAR more under the radar than most on this forum know.
Amazing that the offshore thing may actually happen under his watch as well.
He should say this is a national security issue now, and the ban is lifted.
Drill Here, Drill Now, Drill Everywhere@!!@##
He has been trying to get this done for 8 years, lets GO!!!!!!
Thanks for posting. Bush has been advocating drilling for years.
Bush opened Lease Area 181 in Dec 2001. It is estimated to contain a billion barrels of oil and 8 trillion cuft of gas.
Immediately, Congress passed legislation blocking it. Finally, in Dec 2006, Congress passed the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act officially opening Area 181.
Let’s go, Mr. President. Better late than never.
How about opening up Rocky Mountain oil shale and ANWR while you are at it?
Might be time for an executive order.
We need more domestic refinery capacity, and accompanying legislation with generous tax breaks to ensure US reserves be consumed domestically. Otherwise the shysters will simply find a way to sell our own reserves to China. (think Gore/Elk Hills).
No doubt....I blame the GOP when they had the majority they didn't get an energy policy done. They are still MIA since they should be screaming from the rooftops to make oil drilling high priority and an election issue. They are inept and impotent just like McCain. Way past time for GOP to grow a set of stones already.
“President Bush has done FAR more under the radar than most on this forum know.”
Here are some examples:
That doesn't make any sense....IIRC the Dem's filibustered it.
The Republicans only tried every year to get an energy bill passed.
Bush auctioned the first leases in Area 181 in Dec 2001, but it was held up for 5 years.
Thanks for the link!
I propose this unless we drill offshore etc. the grandkids will not be able to get to work to fund Social Security etc.
Add to that, like when that construction company rebuilt the California highways after that earthquake in record time, tell oil companies they can drill and they’ll have it to the refineries in less than 6 months! Huh!
This is all posturing by President Bush to appear to be doing something. He makes some noise about a desire to allow drilling off the coast (meanwhile the Chinese are already drilling 50 miles off Florida).
Everyone know that the President can sign an executive order tomorrow authorizing drilling in the interests of national defense.
Just as President Bill Clinton created national parks by fiat (making 1.7 million acres of Utah a new national monument), so could Bush allow drilling in ANWR and off the coasts.
Instead, he just makes sounds to placate the sheeple.
Look at #34
You got that right. Where was George when we really him on this issue?
Bush’s drilling deal shields Glades, gulf
WASHINGTON — Defusing two longstanding environmental disputes, President Bush and Gov. Jeb Bush announced deals Wednesday that could prevent drilling for natural gas off Florida’s gulf coast and block the expansion of oil wells in a federal preserve beside the Everglades.
The federal government will pay Chevron and two other companies $115-million for oil and gas leases in an area of the Gulf of Mexico known as Destin Dome, about 25 miles off the beaches of Pensacola.
Separately, the government plans to pay $120-million in cash or credits to the Collier family, one of South Florida’s largest land developers, to stop drilling for oil in the Big Cypress National Preserve and other areas of South Florida.
The deals won’t end the threat of drilling near Florida’s coast, nor will they stop production in Big Cypress, where pumping could continue for 10 years.
President Bush said the agreements show the federal government is “a strong partner” in protecting the environment. And Gov. Bush, boasting that Florida has some of the world’s best beaches, said: “It just did not seem right that 25 miles off the coast there might be drilling. Today, that possibility doesn’t exist.”
ChevronTexaco spokesman Fred Gorell said his company was “very disappointed,” and Conoco spokesman Carlton Adams said, “’When you spend the number of years that we have, and the effort that went into this, and you know there are considerable natural gas reserves there, then there’s a sense of, ‘Gee, I wish we could have.’ “
“Oh well. It will give the Dems a good laugh.”
If the Dems laugh at this while persisting with solving every problem by raising taxes, it will be another reason to dump the Democrat majority in the next election.
About fricking time.
Deals to Block Drilling in Everglades, Gulf
Bush Promises $235 Million to Buy Out Mineral Rights in Fla. Areas
President Bush announced two major deals yesterday to protect Florida’s natural treasures from oil and gas drilling, pledging $235 million to buy out mineral rights in the cypress swamps of the Everglades and off the white-sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico....
The deals to protect some of the last refuges of the endangered Florida panther and Florida’s Gulf Coast could also provide a political boost to his brother, Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who is up for reelection this fall. They may also burnish the president’s environmental credentials in the state that decided the 2000 election.
That Saint Pete article was accurate at the time it was written. But, Area 181 South was added to Area 181 in 2006.
This was done because of Florida election 2000 and Jeb Bush's reelection.
Bravo to the Republicans for hearing the ‘drill now’ message and responding in unison. Bush has reiterated what he has been for all along. We’ve gotten folks like Crist to flip, and McCain out there for it too.
What we are starting to see is a Republican united front to deal with high energy prices the right way.
The Republicans leaders have gotten the message and are responding. It’s amazing how many freepers jump all over the GOP *even more* when they step up to the plate and do the right thing!
The everglades and offshore are two different things.
Unlike the frozen tundra in ANWR and offshore drilling, there is a delicate habitat in the everglades worth protecting. Not that I am for a ban on drilling, but its a different category from the other cases.
thanks for info, I should amend my prior comment that Bush was always for offshore drilling ... as for the press bias: “The deals wont end the threat of drilling near Floridas coast”
What threat? Natural gas drilling is no threat. Has anyone ever seen a natural gas spill? Nothing can be more inconsequential for a beach than a natural gas drilling platform 50 miles offshore. We could have 1,000 of them offshore and nobody would have a hint of a difference.
It’s kind of sad that you have to cite leftwing sources on how Bush has been friendly to domestic energy.
“The Bush administration on Thursday directed government land managers to remove environmental and procedural obstacles that are slowing development of oil and gas resources in several areas in the West that have high potential for energy production.
They are telling companies “you don’t have to worry about the harm from the project itself,” said Sharon Buccino, a senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, a Washington-based environmental organization. “That’s creating a sacrifice zone in acres where they want to go in and get the resource.”
They have a real axe to grind on it, showing all the things he is doing, meanwhile we’ve got people on FR complaining that ‘nothing has been done’. Cant both be truth!
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