Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bush Flip Flops On Offshore Drilling

Just six days later, it's all the Democratic Congress's fault:

President George W. Bush intensified pressure on Congressional Democrats to end an offshore drilling moratorium, saying lawmakers have closed off 'vast' oil reserves that could be tapped to lower record gasoline prices.

"The sooner Congress lifts the ban, the sooner we can get these resources from the ocean floor to the gas pump," Bush said in his weekly radio address. "Democratic leaders need to show that they have finally heard the frustrations of the American people."

Bush on July 14 lifted a presidential ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and called on Congress to remove its own moratorium. Areas currently off-limits could hold 17.8 billion barrels of oil, according to the U.S. Interior Department.
That's right. Bush, too, was blocking off-shore drilling a week earlier. It was a good idea then. Now, not so much. Flip-flopper caving in to the polls. What he doesn't say is that states can still block it. It will be NIMBY...the residents of CA will say they don't want to drill off Santa Barbara, but they won't understand why FL won't drill off St. Pete — and vice versa.

George, you're still failure of unprecedented proportions.

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