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  1. #1 "The Old Liberal Oil Drilling Two Step,Don't Fall For It,Drill THe Damn Oil Now !" 
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    Outer Continental Shuffle (about Gang of 10 Oil Drilling bill)

    "The Liberals Slide This Small Compromise Under The Door Hoping We Will Fall For It.
    ..........................Drill The Damn Oil Now !"


    When even officials in Santa Barbara, California, have endorsed offshore drilling, this compromise amounts to a premature surrender.

    Never underestimate a politician's ability to wriggle out of a clear choice.

    So it is with the so-called "Gang of 10" energy plan that is becoming the political escape hatch for Members of Congress, especially those "green Democrats" who suddenly want to appear to favor more oil and gas drilling.

    The Gang of 10 compromise was released before the August recess by five Senate Republicans and five Democrats.

    The plan would at least allow drilling offshore of four states -- Georgia, Virginia and the Carolin's -- and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It would also allow modern seismic surveillance,...

    The Gang of 10 compromise was released before the August recess by five Senate Republicans and five Democrats. The plan would at least allow drilling offshore of four states -- Georgia, Virginia and the Carolin's -- and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. It would also allow modern seismic surveillance, which would show how much oil and gas is really out there.

    Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu, who is undeniably pro-drilling, tells us this compromise is about as much as the current Congress will do and would galvanize other states to follow when they see the financial windfall.

    The problem is that the proposal still doesn't open drilling enough, and it raises taxes and subsidies in the bargain. Today 85% of the Outer Continental Shelf is off limits for drilling.

    The Gang of 10 would only reduce that to 75%, according to the pro-exploration Institute for Energy Research. It also allows drilling only outside of 50 miles and only if the states allow it.

    That arbitrary 50-mile buffer zone is more than three times farther than necessary to be out of sight from shore. It also walls off many of the most promising and least costly drilling sites, such as the Gulf of Mexico's Destin Dome, which is some 25 miles offshore of Florida.

    The gang proposal also does nothing to open up more of Alaska, and nothing to remove the ban on exploring oil shale in states like Colorado and Utah. And some Democrats in Congress are insisting that they will go along only if it also includes a permanent ban on drilling elsewhere on the Outer Continental Shelf.

    When even officials in Santa Barbara, California, have endorsed offshore drilling, this compromise amounts to a premature surrender.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1221...mEditorialPage
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    A bipartisan group of 10 senators offered an energy plan Friday aimed at producing more domestic oil via offshore drilling, reducing energy prices, and aiding the troubled economy.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/0...ise-on-energy/

    The plan also would require automobiles to be more fuel efficient and would provide research money for improved batteries to move away from petroleum-products in cars: the plan calls for 85 percent of vehicles to run on non-petroleum-based fuel in 20 years.
    Senators said the bill also would promote more renewable energy sources and nuclear energy, as well as carbon capture techniques to reduce greenhouse gas production through tax and other incentives.


    The plan would lift restrictions off of the Atlantic coast and the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Drilling would take place 50 miles or more from shore to buffer the coast from any potential environmental damage. The report does not specify whether the plan will open the interior for drilling for oil shale and natural gas.
    Those in the gang of 10 are Sens. Mary Landrieu, D-La; Saxby Chambliss; R-Ga, John Thune, R-S.D.; Ben Nelson, D-Neb.; Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Mark Pryor, D-Ark.; Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.; Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.; and Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
    Harry Reid, on his way out of town, issued a mildly supportive statement, and Nancy Pelosi hasnít yet commented. This compromise could save the Democrats from their own leadership, and it represents a major rebellion against the hard-line demagoguery provided by Reid and Pelosi. This expansion represents a good start to restoring some common sense to American energy policy and marginalizing the radical environmentalists who have taken it hostage for a generation.
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