House votes to end 25-year offshore drilling ban

MSNBC

06/29/06

The House voted Thursday to end a quarter-century offshore drilling ban and allow energy companies to tap natural gas and oil beneath waters from New England to Alaska. Opponents of the federal ban argued that the nation needed to move closer to energy independence and insisted the gas and oil could be taken without threatening the environment and coastal beaches. They said a state choosing to keep the moratorium could do so. The measure was approved 232-187...

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Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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House Votes to End 25-Year Offshore Drilling Ban

House Republicans, led by Rep. Richard Pombo, are intent on cramming offshore oil drilling down our throats. The bill that they passed on Thursday to lift the moratorium on offshore oil drilling contains some unusually coercive measures, including an unprecedented grant of power to the Secretary of Interior over federal aid to states. In typical fashion for this Republican Congress, the full text of the bill was not made available in time for lawmakers to read it and analyze it. Even some Republicans are crying foul.

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