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House Democratic Leaders Fake On Drilling Bill

Posted by sam222 on December 18, 2008

House Democratic leaders hope the expanded plan will strengthen the party’s standing in the fight, and rank-and-file Democrats could be heard chanting, “drill, drill,” during a closed-door meeting to discuss the measure late Wednesday.

Under the new bill, drilling would be permitted between only 50 to 100 miles offshore if a state acts to allow leasing off its coast. States will recieve no revenue thus will have no incentive to approve drilling. Waters 100 miles and farther offshore would be open to oil and gas leasing however almost all of the reserves are within 50 miles of the coast.
The house passed legislation to open waters off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil and gas drilling but It quickly became clear that measure would not get the 60 votes needed in the Senate.

Republicans called that effort a sham that would have left almost 90 percent of offshore reserves effectively off-limits. House Republican Leader John Boehner called the plan a “hoax on the American people.

The Interior Department estimates there are 18 billion barrels of recoverable oil beneath the Outer Continental Shelf, about half of it off California. While the ban on energy development will be lifted if the Senate goes along with the House action, it doesn’t mean any federal sale of oil and gas leases in the offshore waters — much less actual drilling — would be imminent.

Once again a political move by Democrats who are loosing on this issue only to say we are for it but real motive is to kill drilling and please the Enviro-Nazis.



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