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14 July 2008

Bush has right idea on off-shore drilling

Shoulda. Woulda. Coulda.

How many times do we have to hear this in the world of politics? How many times do we have to hear we should have a better energy policy in effect in the United States? How many times do we have to hear the previous presidents would have done a great service to this nation if they had adopted a better energy policy? How many times do we have to hear about what could have been right now if a politician or two had better foresight about this awful energy crisis we're in?

Well, folks, we can shoulda, woulda, coulda all day long here, but that is not going to change the sheer reality that gas is too damn expensive in America — and that the average American is just dying for relief at the pump.

Enter President Bush, who today called on Congress to lift its ban on off-shore drilling in the United States and who today said he would lift the executive ban on the same when Congress lifts its ban.

It's not often we're in accord with Bush — but this is one of those times.

We're in a terrible economic situation right now, and Bush's desire to see off-shore drilling would have an immediate impact on the price of oil — and, as such, with the price of gas at the pumps.

Many Democrats say the plan is a short-term gimmick. But it's not. Sure, it's a stop-gap measure, but it's a measure that must be accompanied by future energy policies that don't rely on fossil fuels. In the interim, why not do what it takes to drive down gas prices until such a policy is enacted and reasonable?

It is our sincere hope Congress moves to lift its off-shore oil drilling ban and it is our hope Bush continues to put as much pressure on Congress to do so as is possible.

The average American can ill-afford for this measure to take time. We can only hope something is done quickly — so that we can all go back to paying prices that are reasonable to fill up a gas tank to and do something that seems so basic: Drive.


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