August 2, 2008

GIVEN THAT DRILLING IS PURELY TOTEMIC...:

Senators unveil bipartisan energy plan: Hoping to break a standoff, a group of lawmakers proposes allowing some oil drilling -- though not off the West Coast -- to help fund expanded production of alternative-fuel vehicles (Richard Simon, 8/02/08, Los Angeles Times)

In a possible breakthrough on energy, a bipartisan group of senators unveiled a compromise Friday that would preserve the oil-drilling ban off the West Coast while easing restrictions on exploration off the East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. [...]

But the proposal's prospects appear remote this election year, with time running out on the congressional session and the parties highlighting their differences on energy.

And a number of the proposals remain controversial -- expanding drilling off Florida, reviving the nuclear industry, boosting efforts to convert coal into fuel for motor vehicles.

At home, lawmakers are likely to hear from voters about canceled vacations and tighter family budgets because of high gas prices.


...such a law would represent yet another defeat for Harry and Nancy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 2, 2008 8:13 AM
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