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Congressional Off-Shore Drilling Ban Expires Sept. 30, 2008 -- Unless Congress Renews
Monday, July 14, 2008 | Kristinn

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 110th; congress; democrats; domesticoil; drillheredrillnow; drilling; drillorgetoffthehill; energy; gasprices; offshoredrilling; oil; pelosi; ussenate
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1 posted on 07/14/2008 9:17:01 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

I wonder if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it.


2 posted on 07/14/2008 9:20:01 AM PDT by Wonder Warthog (The Hog of Steel-NRA)
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To: kristinn
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...

Finally, hehehehehehehe!!!!!!

3 posted on 07/14/2008 9:20:01 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: kristinn

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.


4 posted on 07/14/2008 9:21:14 AM PDT by papasmurf
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To: Wonder Warthog
I wonder if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it.

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.

5 posted on 07/14/2008 9:21:21 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: kristinn

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.


6 posted on 07/14/2008 9:22:22 AM PDT by isrul (Help make every day, "Disrespect a muzzie day.")
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To: kristinn

Looks like good news.

can I buy that new Hummer yet?


7 posted on 07/14/2008 9:22:46 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: Phantom Lord

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.
-——————————BINGO !!


8 posted on 07/14/2008 9:22:52 AM PDT by unkus
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To: papasmurf

On the nose, papasmurf!!


9 posted on 07/14/2008 9:23:14 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams Since 11/20/06)
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To: kristinn

Phil E. Buster.


10 posted on 07/14/2008 9:23:26 AM PDT by NeoCaveman (Free Lazamataz!! Some shipping and handling charges may apply, some assembly required)
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To: Wonder Warthog
I wonder if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it.

Ah jeez. Why does it always have to be cajones? Can't it be something they have for once? :)

11 posted on 07/14/2008 9:23:52 AM PDT by IamConservative (Character: What you do when no one is looking.)
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To: kristinn
Thanks for your input Kristinn. The President is doing the right thing.
12 posted on 07/14/2008 9:23:56 AM PDT by Raquel (Read my commentary here www.raquelokyay.com)
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To: unkus

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.


13 posted on 07/14/2008 9:26:02 AM PDT by farlander (Try not to wear milk bone underwear - it's a dog eat dog financial world)
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To: papasmurf
“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.”

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.

14 posted on 07/14/2008 9:26:02 AM PDT by piytar
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To: kristinn

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).


15 posted on 07/14/2008 9:27:19 AM PDT by Rhetorical pi2
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To: kristinn
i did not know this

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?

16 posted on 07/14/2008 9:28:45 AM PDT by sloop (pfc in the quiet civil war)
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To: Vaquero
can I buy that new Hummer yet?

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.

17 posted on 07/14/2008 9:29:18 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: Vaquero
can I buy that new Hummer yet?

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!

18 posted on 07/14/2008 9:32:17 AM PDT by airborne (God gives us countless opportunities! It's up to us to use them wisely!)
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To: 6ppc
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.

So?

Build more!

There is no problem unsolvable on this issue.

We simply need leadership!
19 posted on 07/14/2008 9:36:04 AM PDT by SoConPubbie (GOP: If you reward bad behavior all you get is more bad behavior.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it

We provide the jones of steel to our Republican and other right thinking Congresspersons.

20 posted on 07/14/2008 9:38:48 AM PDT by RightWhale (I will veto each and every beer)
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To: kristinn

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!!!!


21 posted on 07/14/2008 9:41:49 AM PDT by mouse1
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To: Wonder Warthog

Don’t need to filibuster it, let the Dems pass it and see how many votes they will lose.


22 posted on 07/14/2008 9:42:17 AM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: kristinn

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.


23 posted on 07/14/2008 9:42:45 AM PDT by RC2
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To: kristinn

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?!


24 posted on 07/14/2008 9:43:55 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: SoConPubbie
Build more!

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.

25 posted on 07/14/2008 9:44:00 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: kristinn
Let's keep up the pressure! Tell Congress to Drill For Oil Here!
26 posted on 07/14/2008 9:44:58 AM PDT by Cobraman_SC (America Can be Energy Independent - Drill For Oil Here NOW!)
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To: kristinn

Thank you for keeping us INFORMED . . . The President is always 2 steps ahead of the DIMs in Congress!


27 posted on 07/14/2008 9:45:24 AM PDT by DrDeb
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To: kristinn
How many times have we heard how stupid Bush is?

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28 posted on 07/14/2008 9:46:47 AM PDT by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: kristinn

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.


29 posted on 07/14/2008 9:54:58 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: kristinn
Sounds like "W" is a pretty good chess/poker player.

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.

30 posted on 07/14/2008 10:00:45 AM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
I wonder if the Republicans in the Senate will have enough cojones to filibuster it.

My thoughts exactly.

31 posted on 07/14/2008 10:09:55 AM PDT by Hoodat (Obama's only connection to the descendants of American Slaves is that his muslim ancestors sold them)
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To: 6ppc

Thanks for confirming my new tag line.


32 posted on 07/14/2008 10:11:51 AM PDT by altura (Freepers have become like dementors ... they suck the joy out of everything.)
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To: kristinn

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.


33 posted on 07/14/2008 10:11:59 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: kristinn

Strategery Lives!


34 posted on 07/14/2008 10:17:00 AM PDT by Argus (Obama: All turban and no goats.)
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To: Wonder Warthog
cojones

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?

35 posted on 07/14/2008 10:17:33 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: Phantom Lord

.......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.


36 posted on 07/14/2008 10:19:44 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Conservation? Let the NE Yankees freeze.... in the dark)
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To: Wonder Warthog

Why the Hell would they filibuster it? We want a vote followed by a veto if necessary. This is good news.


37 posted on 07/14/2008 10:22:00 AM PDT by kabar
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To: kristinn

Thank God!


38 posted on 07/14/2008 10:25:46 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: kristinn
About time these don't run on wind or solar: The Rig TSR Launch
39 posted on 07/14/2008 10:27:53 AM PDT by FlashBack (www.proudpatriots.org/www.woundedwarriorproject.org/www.moveamericaforward.org)
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To: TexasRepublic
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?

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.

40 posted on 07/14/2008 10:30:46 AM PDT by mvpel (Michael Pelletier)
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To: altura

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.


41 posted on 07/14/2008 10:33:00 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: kristinn

And oil has dropped .45¢ already today! Not a lot but it’s a start.


42 posted on 07/14/2008 10:38:07 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

Breaking News:
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
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2045179/posts


43 posted on 07/14/2008 10:45:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: kristinn

Nice info! Good job, man!


44 posted on 07/14/2008 10:47:03 AM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: kristinn

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.


45 posted on 07/14/2008 10:47:49 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: Islander7

You could make someone gay with that picture!


46 posted on 07/14/2008 10:48:47 AM PDT by Species8472 (Stupid people need stupid laws)
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To: chris_bdba

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.


47 posted on 07/14/2008 10:54:17 AM PDT by cla62
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To: kristinn
Kristinn, I have watched the news and read the online news and all seem to be saying that Congress has to act. None that I read say that the ban expires Sept 30.

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!

48 posted on 07/14/2008 10:58:47 AM PDT by billva
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To: kristinn

Stragery


49 posted on 07/14/2008 11:00:23 AM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (Know the difference between honoring diversity and honoring perversity? No? You must be a liberal!)
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To: kristinn
I think that even if it doesn't get renewed through legislation the underlying laws that accompanied the moratorium remains in place.
50 posted on 07/14/2008 11:03:39 AM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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