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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

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Breaking News >> President Bush to Lift Executive Ban on Offshore Drilling

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KEYWORDS: bush; drilling; energy; executiveorder; offshoredrilling; oil
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To: Fox_Mulder77

I gotta bump this for later - this is gunna be goooooodd


251 posted on 07/14/2008 10:04:26 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Seinfeld was a show about nothing - so is Obama.)
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To: Fox_Mulder77

Good.


252 posted on 07/14/2008 10:09:00 AM PDT by wardaddy (Myself and my ancestors take full responsibility for all racial discrimination here since 1607)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.


253 posted on 07/14/2008 10:15:27 AM PDT by SmithL (Freedom STILL isn't Free)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...

This is one of those “put up or shut up” moments, and IMHO, the timing is perfectly calculated.


254 posted on 07/14/2008 10:18:27 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: SunkenCiv

President on now with his announcement!

Take that, Nancy and Harry!


255 posted on 07/14/2008 10:29:25 AM PDT by GoldwaterChick (We Snowflakes will always remember our beloved Snowman with the incandescent smile.)
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To: Fox_Mulder77
TRUE OR FALSE?

I understood that while the crude oil supply is critical, our lack of refining capacity was the bigger issue and that environmental regulations and NIMBY attitudes would likely keep new refineries from coming on-line, negating gains of increased crude supply. Or is that an urban legend perpetuated by the Left?


256 posted on 07/14/2008 10:35:42 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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To: Williams; BOBTHENAILER; blam; Squantos; Dog; Dog Gone
"I don’t think any drilling can take place unless Congress also lifts the ban."

The Congressional Ban on offshore oil drilling expires at the end of September.

Might as well start sending in the thumpers to begin the seismic surveys because WE'RE GOING TO BE DRILLING!

257 posted on 07/14/2008 10:36:16 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: MissouriConservative; Kaslin

see post #257


258 posted on 07/14/2008 10:37:40 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: nmh
When did Bush find his b*lls?

We need to wait for the details before assuming that he did.

The devil is in the details. And based on the BS promises we have been getting on border security for years, I am going to assume this is political grandstanding until we see the details proving it's not.

When I see a rig going in, then I'll believe the ban is lifted.

Politicians are like lying alcoholic spouses. Wait for proof.

259 posted on 07/14/2008 10:37:49 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Fox_Mulder77
California reporter on FNC right now -- putting out the facts! 63% of oil in the ocean is from natural seepage, bar charts showing decline in commercial oil spills over the last couple of decades, etc.

Nice to see the FACTS being broadcast for a change!

260 posted on 07/14/2008 10:38:59 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: beckysueb

Bush and Cheney tried in 2002. The Republicans voted strong for it the Democrats strong against it. You need a supermajority to win. The Democratic position of Phase 1 - conserve, Phase 3 - Energy Independence is being exposed as a sham, because what the hell is Phase 2?!?!? The good news, this will force government out of the way although I would wager a lot of this ignorant mental dwarves in Washington won’t be thrown out until 2012 and they will fight it tooth and nail in-between.


261 posted on 07/14/2008 10:39:49 AM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

Refining capacity is a huge problem..... but the root of this problem lies more with the simple fact that the demand in oil is rising faster then the supply can keep up.
Believe it or not, speculators are getting crushed right now..... they’re in trouble.... here’s an article that will give you an idea of the squeeze they’re feeling right now:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2045122/posts

Here’s a quote:
”Speculators are getting killed these days; they are loosing money heavily these days. They are selling panicky these days. They are right in selling, because there is no oil to hold on. I wish somebody saves the speculators who are selling. The fact is that there is no oil for delivery and they know that they are not sitting on oil,”


262 posted on 07/14/2008 10:48:28 AM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: All

I wonder if Bush’s approval rating will go up a little bit next week.


263 posted on 07/14/2008 10:50:44 AM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: iThinkBig
The energy policies of this country are bleeding households of $4-5K a year directly or indirectly. What's worse is the expectation that we can jump to renewables and using the pain in energy costs as the whip to get us there. You cannot tell someone living in a house in colder climates that relies on oil to just go to solar. You cannot tell people that they have to buy $40K hybrids or that they have to pay 40% increases in food staples to get us off of foreign oil. This is nothing more than central planning style interference in the free market.
264 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:06 AM PDT by misterrob (Obama-Does America Need Another Jimmy Carter?)
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To: Williams
*****I don’t think any drilling can take place unless Congress also lifts the ban.*****

Who's going to stop the drilling? Congress? How?

265 posted on 07/14/2008 10:51:59 AM PDT by GOPologist (Illigitimi non carborundum.)
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To: fishtank
This has no real effect since drilling is still banned by laws that must be overturned by Congress, not merely by Executive Order.

It is a political ploy to put more pressure on Congress. They Democratic leadership in Congress keeps trying to point the finger at Bush for the high oil prices.

This is Bush's way of pointing back and making it clear that it is not his administration getting in the way of increased domestic oil exploration and production, and trying to force Congress to act.

Bush and the minority Republicans in Congress are trying to force a vote on the issue. They want the Democrats to go on record opposing increasing domestic oil production in an election year with soaring oil prices.

The Democrats, with the help of some Republicans that pander to the "environmental" lobby have created these high oil prices for us with their policies. They don't have a solution to the high prices, because the high prices are desirable to a large percentage of the liberal lobbying groups.

Therefore the Democrats don't really want to solve the problem, they just want to redirect the blame on someone else.

266 posted on 07/14/2008 10:56:12 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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To: Salvation

see #257


267 posted on 07/14/2008 10:56:43 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: GOPologist

Congresses ban automatically expires yearly!! If they don’t have the votes to renew their yearly ban, as of Sept. 30th, and that includes enough votes to overide a veto, they’re screwed. This is great news. Bush is not quite as stupid as everyone thinks. Almost, but not quite. This gambit may be his first and last great move of his presidency.


268 posted on 07/14/2008 10:58:13 AM PDT by cla62
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To: GoldwaterChick

Thanks!

Congressional Off-Shore Drilling Ban Expires Sept. 30, 2008
— Unless Congress Renews
Monday, July 14, 2008 | Kristinn
Posted on 07/14/2008 9:17:01 AM PDT by kristinn
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2045230/posts


269 posted on 07/14/2008 10:58:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_________________________Profile updated Friday, May 30, 2008)
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To: untrained skeptic

The congressional ban on offshore drilling expires September 30, 2008.


270 posted on 07/14/2008 10:58:40 AM PDT by KansasGirl (We seem to panic about imaginary beasts, when real monsters quietly devour us.--VDH)
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To: untrained skeptic

Nope. See post #257.


271 posted on 07/14/2008 10:59:15 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: beckysueb
Even when he had a majority, the Republican congress critters didn't have any testosterone. They were the big elephant jumping on a stool because they were ascared of the little mouse.

Bush wanted to get a solution to social security up for discussion. That went no where with the girly man majority.

272 posted on 07/14/2008 11:03:18 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (Drill here, drill now!!!!!)
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To: Williams
I don’t think any drilling can take place unless Congress also lifts the ban

Bush to Congress: Your serve.

273 posted on 07/14/2008 11:15:59 AM PDT by madison10
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To: lormand
Since the GOP willingly allows the DNC to define Republicans as evil Oil swindlers, there is no surprise the Bush 41 and 43 went along with this self defeating policy. Too late now, the rats run the ship.

I hope you're wrong, but I'm not betting on it.

274 posted on 07/14/2008 11:19:23 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY ( Right now, the U.S. Congress is OPEC's staunchest ally.- Walter E. Williams)
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To: EdnaMode
I wonder if Bush’s approval rating will go up a little bit next week.
275 posted on 07/14/2008 11:28:52 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (Drill here, drill now!!!!!)
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To: 3catsanadog

It’s gone up with me.


276 posted on 07/14/2008 11:29:28 AM PDT by 3catsanadog (Drill here, drill now!!!!!)
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To: Southack

This would be great news, but are you sure?


277 posted on 07/14/2008 11:29:52 AM PDT by Kaslin (Vote Democrat if you like high gas prices at the pump)
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To: GalaxieFiveHundred

We need both


278 posted on 07/14/2008 11:31:01 AM PDT by Kaslin (Vote Democrat if you like high gas prices at the pump)
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To: lormand; All

“You would think that a former oil businessman turned president would bring more oil independence to our nation, but no, the opposite has happened.”

This statement assumes several things which probably are not true. The oil industry has probably been aware of this building crisis for a while and may realize we cannot drill our way out of this problem. Alternatives are needed and most of the companies have already started to explore them, including cellulosic ethanol, solar, and biobutanol. In addition, the high oil prices are just making the oil companies richer, and pushing the public to urge their representatives to open up restricted oil land and sea. Incidentally, I don’t think that oil company profits are the chief cause of the run-up in price. For that check out the available information on oil ETFs and the supersized purchasing instruments promoted in January 2007 which are being used by non oil users. Non end users have jumped from 30% to over 70% of the oil commodity market in the past several years.


279 posted on 07/14/2008 11:36:00 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: cla62

Where have you been? President Bush has time and time again outsmarted the liberals, before they even realized what happened


280 posted on 07/14/2008 11:36:49 AM PDT by Kaslin (Vote Democrat if you like high gas prices at the pump)
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To: Fox_Mulder77; lormand; Kaslin; All
Why doesn't he add it to the SPP initiative? http://www.spp.gov/

That way he can do another end-run around Congressional approval.

281 posted on 07/14/2008 11:38:01 AM PDT by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: Stultis

LoL! A prohibitive general offshore drilling law about to sunset in September. LoL! It sure does explains the president Bush’s timing to lift the executive ban. HeeeHaaaa....


282 posted on 07/14/2008 11:38:34 AM PDT by Red Steel
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To: angkor
*****Time to unplug from the Middle East.*****

This would be ideal. But, didn't oil companies in the U.S. stop drilling years ago because they couldn't compete with Mid. East? So they had to stop drilling because it cost too much.

If we now drill successfully, can't you see the Mid. East oil companies doing the same thing again, lower the price of a barrel, and again force U.S. to close down?

I'm not an economist—just thinking!!!

283 posted on 07/14/2008 11:44:21 AM PDT by GOPologist (Illigitimi non carborundum.)
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To: Finatic

can a photoshopper remove the letter S from Shell?


284 posted on 07/14/2008 11:51:45 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: Williams

And if Congress doesn’t go along and lift the ban at least the American people will know who and what they are voting for in November. There will be no excuses like “well, I didn’t know.”


285 posted on 07/14/2008 11:52:56 AM PDT by conservative blonde
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To: omega4179
“Bushs legacy is secure. Great scotus appointments, pro-energy, pro wot and disarming most of the axis of evil.”

Yes, but with the exception of the tax cut, which has an expiration date, the President's domestic legacy is,.... for lack of a better word abysmal.

286 posted on 07/14/2008 11:55:31 AM PDT by thinkthenpost
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To: angkor

Exactly. Also, the Governor’s blocking liquified coal should be flogged. That oil heating crisis and the airlines pain could have been outright averted as liquified coal can be used for deisel engines and heating oil. Hey, where’ all that love for Hugo Chavez gone these days?!? As predicted, it is non-existant but the Dems sure got to look like good these last couple of years to a handful of old ladies.


287 posted on 07/14/2008 11:55:50 AM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Fox_Mulder77

Just another gimmick. Everyone knows we can’t drill our way out of this. /sarc


288 posted on 07/14/2008 11:58:44 AM PDT by Purrcival (All your Diebolds are belong to us)
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To: ArmstedFragg
Look for some new and innovative excuse for their inaction.

68 million acres.
289 posted on 07/14/2008 12:01:23 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Grunthor

Then the legal eagles must become Patriots as well and go on the counter-offensive. All Americans must decide if we want to continue this historical experiment of freedom or if we want a continuation of 10,000 years of the gods and clods government system. If you want it, be prepared to serve.


290 posted on 07/14/2008 12:01:50 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: spacejunkie

Look at the future’s market for oil. It’s about $140 per barrel through 2016. The global market is predicting our do-nothing-government will ‘stay the course’ for the forseeable future. Let’s hope millions of people worldwide are wrong about the American people.

In-between heavy lifting by the little guy will crop up on innovation. Let’s also hope the little guy is no longer ignored by the investment and banking community. The old tall, dying trees are blocking the sunlight from reaching the saplings and seeds. Now the forest has started to burn. Let’s hope the government GETS OUT OF THE WAY instead of attempting to put out the old trees fires with a squirt gun... Not fair the little guy has to do all the heavy lifting but history tells us we will whether we like it or not.


291 posted on 07/14/2008 12:07:23 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Fox_Mulder77

About damn time! Ten to one Nanny Pelosi and Dingy Harry will find a bunch of reasons to roadblock Congress lifting its own silly ban on drilling off US shores.


292 posted on 07/14/2008 12:08:17 PM PDT by Convert from ECUSA ("When I was a boy, America was a better place" - Dennis Prager)
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To: Convert from ECUSA
Ten to one Nanny Pelosi and Dingy Harry will find a bunch of reasons to roadblock Congress lifting its own silly ban on drilling off US shores.

I believe it sunsets in September unless Congress takes action to renew the ban. It's then up to the Republican Senators to block it.

293 posted on 07/14/2008 12:11:45 PM PDT by AU72
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To: ChinaThreat

Exactly. Al Gore preached about coal liquification in 1999 when he was running for office. Now the head vampire says that oil and coal are dirty and ruining our planet and Harry Reid and 100 million voters agree. In fact, so does Russia, who is not renewing Exxon Mobile’s land permits to build a natural gas and oil pipeline there. Great global example of how government’s SHOULD lie to confuse the masses. Even the great propoganda artists of Russia are impressed.


294 posted on 07/14/2008 12:13:04 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Southack

I hope you’re right. The dems might be better off to let it die a quiet death and let the drilling begin. They could lose their shirts in the election if they hold a vote to extend.


295 posted on 07/14/2008 12:14:20 PM PDT by MissouriConservative (Never pick a fight with an ugly person; they've got nothing to lose.)
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To: beckysueb

Republicans must open there wallets for the Internet, something the Dems caught onto years ago and Republicans have not.


296 posted on 07/14/2008 12:15:26 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Southack; blam; Squantos; Dog; Dog Gone

I’m hoping this slides thru, but expect the usual from our Rat enemies.


297 posted on 07/14/2008 12:19:26 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: DungeonMaster

That sums most the problems the President has had these past few years. I loved Arie Fleischer. He has proven irreplacable.


298 posted on 07/14/2008 12:27:48 PM PDT by iThinkBig
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To: Williams

Is that all we need? Does Congress have a say?


299 posted on 07/14/2008 12:28:29 PM PDT by keats5 (tolerance of intolerant people is cultural suicide)
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To: gleeaikin
"This statement assumes several things which probably are not true."

Wrong.

America's energy demands have grown, and America's energy exploration has decreased. Some of which was under the fantasy of finding alternatives to oil.

I have absolutely no problem with oil companies making a profit off of their product. Oil is too cheap and plentiful to ignore, unless complete misery is what we want.

Relying on a yet to be invented, non-existing and cheaper alternatives to oil, is self defeating.

300 posted on 07/14/2008 12:32:58 PM PDT by lormand ("The Planet is fine, the people are $%#ed up" - George Carlin)
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