Sep 11, 2008

Dems unveil their offshore drilling plan

And a great day it is to do that ya fuckwits.

Oh, the irony is rich indeed. From the Reuters link:

Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives unveiled legislation on Wednesday that, if passed, would significantly expand domestic oil production by permitting offshore drilling at least 50 miles from U.S. coasts.

The package gives all U.S. states the option to allow drilling between 50 and 100 miles off their shores. Areas further than 100 miles from the coast would be completely open oil exploration.

After vigorously opposing calls from Republicans to lift the moratorium on offshore drilling, Democratic leaders recently softened their position agreeing to allow votes on drilling as a part of larger energy bills.

Under the Democratic bill, national marine sanctuaries and monuments would remain off limits and the U.S. Defense Department would still be able to designate national defense areas off the coasts. Any oil exploration would have to protect the coastal environment.

The eastern Gulf of Mexico would also be closed to offshore drilling until 2022.
Nice....they won't impeach or end the war, but they will get on board with offshore drilling. Would it kill them to address the windfall profits of the Oil companies? Or, how about making them spend some of that friggin cash on alternative energy?


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