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BREAKING ENERGY: 7-14-08 Bush Lifts Offshore Drilling Ban: Jindal-Vitter-Landrieu Pleased
Citing the high prices Americans are paying at the pump, Bush said from the White House Rose Garden that allowing offshore oil drilling is "one of the most important steps we can take" to reduce that burden, said CNN.
Jindal is quoted as saying, "This news today is especially encouraging to
Republican Sen. David Vitter was also quick to sing the praises of the President: "With this executive order, the president has cleared another hurdle from increasing offshore exploration,” adding, “Congress must answer the calls of the American people and act now to allow more domestic energy production. and my bill, the ENOUGH Act, would do just that.”
Vitter’s Energy Needed Offshore Under Gas Hikes, or ENOUGH, Act would allow for increased energy exploration off a state’s own coast. It allows a governor, with the concurrence of the state legislature, to petition for increased energy exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf.
“This bill creates considerable benefits for states that choose this course of action,” Vitter said. “It will increase our national energy supply, reduce our dependence on foreign oil and help finance important state conservation efforts, like coastal preservation for
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