Skip to comments.Congressional Off-Shore Drilling Ban Expires Sept. 30, 2008 -- Unless Congress Renews
Posted on 07/14/2008 9:16:00 AM PDT by kristinn
For those of us with limited knowledge of the ins and outs of the debate on off-shore drilling along American coastal waters, it is important to understand this fact:
The ban by the U.S. Congress on off-shore drilling has to be imposed every fiscal year and is scheduled to expire Sept. 30, 2008.
This explains President Bush's announcement that he will repeal a separate executive order on off-shore drilling leaving only the Congressional ban in place.
The gambit by the President will force both houses of the Democrat-led Congress to vote before the elections on keeping the ban in place at a time of record high oil prices and record global demand that has driven domestic gas pump prices to over $4 per gallon.
Even if Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid are able to pass the ban, they would still have to get the ban past President Bush, either with his signature or by over-riding a veto.
President Bush has laid the groundwork for a battle the environmental extremists and anti-drilling politicians in both (but mainly the Democrats) parties don't want.
I wonder if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it.
I foresee a chicken livered Congress that might just let it expire without vote or comment. That would be the only way to avoid a political fight they can’t afford to lose at this time.
I hope they wouldn't. Force a vote and get the democrats on record, a month before the election, banning the expansion of domestic oil production.
Well, at least it will now be a campaign issue. If there are any pubbies left with a spine and a brain, this should be advantageous, regardless of the liability at the top of the ticket.
Looks like good news.
can I buy that new Hummer yet?
I hope they wouldn’t. Force a vote and get the democrats on record, a month before the election, banning the expansion of domestic oil production.
On the nose, papasmurf!!
Phil E. Buster.
Ah jeez. Why does it always have to be cajones? Can't it be something they have for once? :)
Oh man this is getting more and more interesting. The Dem’s will be screwed - they’ll either lose their leftwing nutroots loonies or the entire centre... whoo whee. Nice.
Yup. Then they can take credit for the ban expiring in speeches to more center or conservative crowds, but they can Blame Bush in speeches to more left or ecohobbit crowds.
Is this neat or what!!
I didn’t know this!!(The annual renewal...)
It’s going to be fun to watch the “perfect storm” of off-shore drilling. What a great time to get on the phone to Congress Critters and Sinators. (Spelling intentional).
if it is not renewed, on october 1, what would have to be done to start drilling? could the states ok the drilling?
i read that the department of the interior is involved somehow - that after they PAY for the lease (on those 58 or 68 or 100 million acres - it keeps inflating), they have to get a permit from the department of the interior - and that is a holdup - is that only for land owned (taken) by the federal government?
That might reduce oil prices a bit, but we need actual supply coming online. I would expect supply to start rising over the next couple of years, but every oil rig and drilling ship in existance is already booked for the next few years, so don't expect prices to drop to below $100/bbl for several years if ever.
I'm driving the 'Intimidator Edition' Monte Carlo. Supercharged V6. It's on board computer shows me that I get 27.6 MPG combined average. At 65 it gets 30-32 MPG highway.
It's a 2004, and yet I see commercials bragging about new cars that get worse mileage.
And they aren't half the car this baby is!
We provide the jones of steel to our Republican and other right thinking Congresspersons.
Flood Congress with your calls Tuesday July 15th
Tell your friends family neighbors and coworkers
Enough is Enough
Gov Palin is pleading with us to let Alaska do its part (yes even anwar)
Gov Palin has an 84% approval rating and what does congress have....oh yea, 9% and dropping rapidly
For our own financial and national security we must become more energy dependent (cant wait for Imanutjob and the bombs to start falling to make a decision)
CONTACT CONGRESS TUESDAY JULY 15TH
DRILL HERE - DRILL NOW!!!!
Don’t need to filibuster it, let the Dems pass it and see how many votes they will lose.
I’m sure it’s in the Constitution some where that we can’t drill for our own oil. Take this to the Supreme Court and have them prove that it’s in there.
Bravo President Bush. I think they have finally realized a way to take the majority in the senate and whitehouse in 2008 plus perhaps gain a few seats in the house. Hang the high prices around the necks they belong around. Now if we can get them to run to the cameras like the Dems do?!
I agree, but I suspect new rigs and drilling ships are being built as fast as they can be. I know that if I owned a drill rig fabrication company I'd be running three shifts right now. Drilling ships are a different matter...you need dry docks and we just don't have much ship building capacity in the US.
I'm basing my opinion on stuff I've read here on FR, not on personal research.
Thank you for keeping us INFORMED . . . The President is always 2 steps ahead of the DIMs in Congress!
I’m sure Obama will renounce Bush for this before the day is over - after memorizing the democrat talking points issued by Pelosi and the DNC. No big deal. By tomorrow he’ll be for it saying he has “refined” his opinion.
The Dems will have to vote on this while their constituents, including liberals, are pi$$ed off about $4.00+ gasoline.
Pelosi and her pals are now in the hot seat.
My thoughts exactly.
Thanks for confirming my new tag line.
Regardless of the outcome, this is great material for the election campaigns unless the Republicans screw it up by not sticking together on this issue.
What the heck is cojones? Spanish for refried beans? It is bad enough we can't make English our own country's official language -- can't this forum at least be conducted in plain English?
.......Force a vote and get the democrats on record.....
I think the matter has been negotiated and settled for some time. The issue is not the issue. The congressional issue is CYA. The ban renewal will be brought to a vote and will fail.
The ones voting for the ban will be those who must vote for it or loose their seats.
The ones against the ban will be those who must vote against it or loose their seats.
That leaves a few who don’t have a problem to vote against the ban and make up enough votes to pass. My guess is the votes are already counted and in the bag.
Why the Hell would they filibuster it? We want a vote followed by a veto if necessary. This is good news.
For some reason, folks consider the term "cojones" to be more tactful than "nuts," "balls," "stones," or "testicles."
Then there's the British term, "bollocks," which has both a perjorative and positive sense.
Altura...if you check my posting history you will find I don’t normally try to rain on folk’s parades. In this case I decided to state some facts...I certainly didn’t mean to “suck the joy” out of the thread.
And oil has dropped .45¢ already today! Not a lot but it’s a start.
President Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling
Fox News | July 14, 2008
Posted on 07/14/2008 7:18:47 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
Nice info! Good job, man!
Just as the Congress FAILED to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, expect the Congress to make sure that this doesn’t expire.
The leftists currently in control hate America and can’t wait to bring America down.
You could make someone gay with that picture!
Anyway you look at this it’s good news for the folks. If their is no vote, the ban expires seeing that it is renewed yearly. This seems to make it ok to drill again if this ban isn’t renewed by sept. 30th. If a vote takes place and it doesn’t have the veto overide votes, it doesn’t pass, and drilling will be allowed this way as well. If their is a vote and it passes, their are definately going to be some seats changing hands in November, rep. or Rats!! Since bush announced this 25 minutes ago the dow has gone up 40 pts. and oil has dropped 50 cents. Their is a mental aspect to this no matter how bad the rats want to castigate phil gramm.
I hope this is correct but am having trouble finding a link.
The good news is that Harry Reid is now having a news conference at 2 pm. I imagine he's livid, I hope so!