Thursday, May 18, 2006

Congressional Morons Vote For Oil Dependency

House Votes to Keep Offshore Drilling Ban

The House rejected an attempt late Thursday to end a quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling in 85 percent of the country's coastal waters despite arguments that the new supplies are needed to lower energy costs.

Lawmakers from Florida and California led the fight to maintain the long-standing drilling moratorium, contending that energy development as close as three miles from shore would jeopardize multibillion-dollar tourism industries.

"It's a grievous assault on Florida and other (coastal) states," declared Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., of attempts to end the drilling prohibitions that Congress first imposed in 1981 and has reaffirmed every year since.

The moratorium bars oil and gas development in virtually all coastal waters outside the western Gulf of Mexico, where most of the country's offshore oil and gas wells are concentrated. More @ AP

Meanwhile in Havana:
Cuba Plans Offshore Wells Banned in U.S. Waters -

Maybe these dummies would rather buy oil from Fidel.


Blogger Saskboy said...

I don't understand why more efforts aren't made to conserve. There's big money to be made in it, and oil independence too. If we use half the oil we do today in the future, then we won't need two buy twice as much.

10:30 PM  
Blogger UncleMeat said...

For sure, but conservation is only part of the solution. For the US in particular to forgo drilling in their own territory makes them chumps. But thats ok for us, we have lots to sell them. Everyone else is drilling in the Gulf. Mexico just found a new oilfield there.

BTW how do you like Wordpress?

11:43 PM  
Blogger Saskboy said...

Wordpress is alright. It has a few things that bug me like the slow link creation window that doesn't always accept a paste until I paste the clipboard into another line first. And there's a bug where it can make an extra /em tag after hitting return and backspacing over stuff, so that the whole page is messed up from the one bad posting. That's really annoying when an entry is scheduled for later and so it goes live without me around to fix it.

Other than that though, it gets very little spam through its Akismet plugin filter and I don't need a stupid captcha like Blogger has to stop spam. I like it a lot more than Blogger, and twice as much as my old HTML self made system.

7:19 PM  
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