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the House GOP finally feels the wind at its back on an issue. “There is going to be a vote. It isn't about to let up on Pelosi. and responsible measures to increase domestic production--including opening up new areas for offshore oil drilling. Congressman Jason Altmire. The message has been delivered.” He says he speaks for a lot of Democrats. 8-3-08.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. the all-but-official Democratic nominee. it also includes steps that I haven't always supported. “House GOP's oil-drilling protest resumes”. Senator Conrad says he believes the group's compromise energy plan "will generate a groundswell of support among the American people as well as his colleagues in Congress and lead to the development of comprehensive legislation to tackle the nation's energy crisis. Barack Obama. With a majority of the public now saying it favors increased domestic drilling for oil. though I do welcome the establishment of a process that will allow us to make future drilling decisions based on science and fact. consumer tax credits. http://www. Their specific complaint was that Pelosi allowed the House to recess without allowing the House to vote on energy legislation.marinelog. "I've always believed that finding consensus will be essential to solving our energy crisis.com/news/politics/blog/2008/08/house_gops_drilling_protest_to.)--instantly tagged "The Gang of Ten"--has unveiled the "New Energy Reform Act of 2008. 2 . Will pass – bipart support George Stephanopoulos. Republicans took to the House floor on Friday to protest against Pelosi even though the Speaker made sure to turn the cameras and most of the lights off. “Gang of Ten could get offshore drilling ban eased”.D. Will Pass New bipart legislation is forging compromise on OCS Marine Log. and today's package represents a good faith effort at a new bipartisan beginning.com/DOCS/ NEWSMMVII/2008aug00030. Transcript – Interview w/ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. the proposal includes significant conservation provisions. Will pass – GOP is generating momentum Frank James." "Like all compromises. He's talked to the leadership and a vote must happen. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2008/08/03/stephanopoulos-pelosi-why-no-or-down-vote- drilling Except it’s not just Republicans that are calling for this. whose opposition to a floor vote on drilling is getting increasingly unpopular with voters.swamppolitics. let me show our viewers right now. To ease gas prices in the interim." he said. says. 8-4-08. The issue can't be ignored any longer. http://www. September 30 will not come and go without a vote on the opening the Outer Continental Shelf. Even Sen. despite Congress being on recess. to engage in legislative guerrilla tactics meant to turn the screws on Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has so far refused to allow a vote on domestic oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge. a sure sign that the limb Pelosi is on is being sawed away by no less than the leader of her party. “Stephanopoulos to Pelosi: Why No Up or Down Vote on Drilling?”." he commented. 8-3-08. Members of your own caucus say we must have a vote.html A bipartisan coalition of senators led by Senator Kent Conrad (D-N. It was raucous political theater reminiscent of what Republicans did when they were last in the minority in the early 1990s. I remain skeptical that new offshore drilling will bring down gas prices in the short-term or significantly reduce our oil dependence in the long-term." A sign that the proposal might just overcome the partisan split on the issue is that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama has said that he welcomes the bipartisan effort as "an important step in the process of reducing our dangerous dependence on foreign oil.html Scores of Republican House members will return to the Hill today. moved away from Pelosi's position last week." It's aimed at laying the groundwork to transition America's motor vehicle fleets to fuels other than gasoline and diesel. Tribune Washington Bureau.

and Wyoming. a proposal President George W. Democrats. Bush announced last month.S. AHN News Writer. The measure also adds restrictions to U. oil shales. Senators voted to 94-0 early last week to advance Reid's bill requiring the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to curb excessive speculation in energy markets. They have argued that speculation in energy markets is the root cause of rising oil prices. 7-29-08 “Reid Ends Statemate.allheadlinenews. Utah. Offers Republicans A Vote On Offshore Drilling”. want only two amendments from Republicans: an alternative anti-oil speculation bill and another allowing drilling in the OCS and the government to tap into the oil shales in the Green River Basin of Colorado. traders would have to provide more information about over-the-counter transactions." 3 . Under the bill. http://www. Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-NV) offered Republicans on Monday a vote on offshore drilling despite previous statements that he would never allow legislation expanding coastal oil exploration to reach the floor.com/articles/7011765886 Seeking to end the deadlock on a crucial energy bill. "I think we're getting very close to being able to reach an agreement to go forward. Will Pass Will pass – Dem leadership reaching out to GOP Kris Alingod.-based traders on foreign exchanges. Republicans have been demanding that they be allowed full debate on the measure and to offer provisions lifting a legislative moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Congressional Quarterly the same day. the building of nuclear plants and another on an alternative Republican bill. "This is a significant step in the direction that I had hoped we might take. But on Monday Reid offered Republicans four votes to amend his bill: on drilling. and that oil companies should first drill on the 68 million acres of land already leased to them. however.

htm House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday ruled out a vote on new offshore oil drilling even as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said he might be open to a compromise that included it. 4 . Bush has urged Congress repeatedly to develop U.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. President George W. AP.com/article/ALeqM5j057jBReERcsF-FcZRSWe0h1gaXQD92A6T382 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada offered to consider a GOP offshore drilling proposals. for the congressional gridlock. He said there is enough oil in off-shore fields to meet U. they have pounded Democrats for opposing the measure. 8-4-08. JOSEF HEBERT. “Pelosi firm: No vote on offshore drilling”. demand for 10 years.usatoday. Won’t pass – filibuster causing gridlock H. oil resources. http://www. and they support selling oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. They say the oil industry should use land already available.com/money/industries/ energy/2008-08-03-offshore_N. Though President Bush and other backers of new drilling acknowledge it wouldn't directly affect gas prices for years.S. he withdrew his offer. 7-30-08. Reid blamed Republicans.co. http://ap. “Bush rips Democrats for opposing offshore drilling”. The scramble over expanded drilling off America's coasts — ammunition for a weekend of rat-a-tat-tat by the presidential campaigns — underscores the political power of $4-a-gallon gas. Won’t Pass Won’t pass – Dems Susan Page.google.uk/business/feedarticle/7690334 With November elections looming and fuel prices surging. http://www. who have filibustered a number of energy measures. Elections creating deadlock in Congress over OCS Guardian.S. 8-2-08. Democrats oppose lifting bans on drilling in the outer continental shelf or the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. but when Republicans demanded votes on a number of other energy proposals. which is now supported by most Americans. Another anti-speculation bill is mired in the Senate in the dispute over drilling in restricted areas. Congress began its annual August recess on Friday without having enacted any substantive responses to public outcries over high gasoline and other energy costs. “drilling row trips US House speculation bill”. USA Today. Republicans and Democrats are deadlocked in both chambers of Congress over how to address energy issues.guardian.

with Democrats initially refusing to debate a Republican proposal to expand offshore drilling and Republicans threatening to filibuster other energy measures.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2459089~title_Senate-at- Standstill.istockanalyst. “Senate at Standstill Over Energy Relief . 7-31-08. Deal Doesn't Look Likely As August Break Looms”. Proposals to expand offshore oil drilling. boost production of wind and solar power and rein in Wall Street oil speculators remain in jeopardy -. 5 .S. and the chances of reaching a deal before the August congressional recess appear slim. Jeff Bingaman. a New Mexico Democrat who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. OCS Bad – Bipart Key Bipart is key – Dems are leveraging procedural rules and GOP is threatening filibuster Michael Coleman.unless Senate Democrats and Republicans reach consensus by Friday. http://www. the U.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. Leaders of both parties have been embroiled in procedural combat on energy issues for days." said Sen.at least until September -. Washington Bureau Albuquerque Journal. Senate still couldn't agree on a bill to combat rising gasoline prices late Wednesday.html After two weeks of debate. "They will not allow us to go ahead and consider any other legislation until they get votes on their (offshore drilling) amendments.

conservation initiatives. CNN Congressional Producer.cnn. http://politicalticker. He said all amendments would need 60 votes to pass.com/2008/07/28/reid-putting-offshore-drilling-to-a-vote/ Reid said Democrats would allow votes on GOP amendments that would permit new drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf. use less. construction of new nuclear power plants. a threshold that could make it difficult for any of them to succeed. if not the 60 votes needed to pass. Republicans. but did not specify what those would be. have said they are confident they can get more than 50 senators to support expanded drilling. “Reid putting offshore drilling to a vote”. OCS Bad – GOP Key Dems are allowing vote on OCS. Reid said Democrats would offer four of their own proposals. but GOP needs to amass support to get adequate numbers Ted Barrett.” which includes offshore drilling. and language to curb speculation in the oil futures market.blogs. the development of oil shale in western states. the development of battery technology. 6 . as well as a vote on broader legislation Republicans have dubbed “drill more.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. buoyed by recent polls showing a majority of Americans support new offshore drilling. 7-28-08.

"I'm not giving the gavel away to a tactic … that supports the oil (companies).OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. USA Today. http://www. 7 . 8-4-08.com/money/industries/ energy/2008-08-03-offshore_N. OCS Thumper – Pelosi Pelosi will block vote on OCS Susan Page." she said on ABC's This Week.usatoday. big oil at the cost and the expense of the consumer.htm Pelosi called proposals to allow more offshore drilling a deceptive "decoy" rather than a solution and indicated she would bar a vote on any bill that included it. “Pelosi firm: No vote on offshore drilling”.

such as the North Slope of Alaska. said rather than opening new areas to drilling. President Bush has been pushing Congress to open up federal waters to more offshore drilling. The shelf is basically submerged lands.dll/article?AID=/20080803/BUSINESS/308030013/1003 Last month. 7-31-08.W. first enacted in 1982. It prohibits oil and gas leasing on most of the outer continental shelf -. to prevent oil and gas drilling in large parts of an area known as the Outer Continental Shelf. But. Kempthorne acknowledged that drilling could not be permitted in protected waters unless Congress agrees to lift its ban. R-Del. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said the administration's actions would give the next president a two-year head start in expanding energy production in federal waters." 8 ." Bush said Wednesday from the Rose Garden. he supports exploration and drilling in areas already licensed. including those where a congressional ban has prevented oil and gas development. as well as the Gulf of Mexico. President Clinton continued the offshore lease prohibition until 2012. with the price of a barrel of oil doubling and Americans feeling the sting of higher gas prices every time they fill up their tanks.venturacountystar. A Congressional moratorium. arguing that $4-a-gallon gas prices have left the country with no choice but to tap into its domestic resources. http://www. 8-3-08.an area that includes underwater lands just beyond a state-controlled three-mile limit to federal waters 200 miles off the coast. President Bush called on Congress to lift a federal ban on offshore oil drilling. something congressional Democrats have so far refused to do. Rep.." he said. and in the Gulf of Mexico. former President George H. subsoil and seabed that extends about 200 miles off the shores of the east and west coasts.com/ news/2008/jul/31/bush-ramps-up-drilling-efforts/ The Bush administration ramped up its campaign for more offshore oil and gas production on Wednesday by announcing it is beginning work on a new leasing program that could open the door to drilling in federally protected waters. "I'm not dismissing anything. Bush using public opposition to the energy crisis to pressure Congress on OCS Michael Collins. he said. http://www.delawareonline. Earlier this month. “Bush ramps up drilling efforts”. writer The News Journal. Bush. but not necessarily the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve.com/apps/pbcs. Mike Castle. I've done my part' "I've done my part. has been renewed every year since. The president also has been campaigning for Congress to lift a separate ban on drilling in parts of the Outer Continental Shelf that lawmakers put in place in 1982 and have renewed every year since.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. “Oil drilling debate back in spotlight”. "And that means the only thing now standing between the American people and these vast oil reserves is the United States Congress. and this initiative can accelerate an offshore exploration and development program that can increase production from additional domestic energy sources." The debate grew more political last week when President Bush chided congressional Democrats for failing to vote on a measure to lift a moratorium on offshore drilling before they left for a summer recess. Ventura County Star. a move that could have far-reaching environmental consequences on coastal states such as Delaware. Bush lifted an executive ban put in place by his father. Bush Push Bush is putting political pressure on Congress to pass OCS Molly Murray. The ban has been in place since Bush's father signed an executive order in 1990 that barred coastal oil exploration. the nation's energy situation has changed dramatically in the past year. "The American people and the president want action. he said. Still.

If two or more neighboring states opt in. significant conservation provisions and consumer tax credits. help for U.000 households for 60 years. the plan calls for research and development funding. which could fuel 8 million cars for 60 years and heat 400.5 percent of the revenues are shared with the four states that support the production.5 percent of revenues for drilling within 100 miles of their shores. they would get 50 percent. and tax credits to incentivize the purchase of alternative fuel vehicles as well as to retrofit existing vehicles. http://www.asp The comprehensive New Energy Reform Act of 2008 — known as the “New ERA”— calls for opening as much as 200 million acres of the outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing as well as a focused effort to transition the nation’s motor vehicles to run on fuels other than gasoline and diesel. North Carolina. said the following about the “Gang of 10” plan: “The importance of this proposal cannot be overstated. It represents a true bipartisan compromise and a workable national strategy for eliminating the profound risks of U. and for the building of infrastructure to support alternative fuels.3 million acres in 2006 as part of the Domenici- Landrieu Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. The 10 Senators first proposed the idea of a bipartisan energy summit in a letter to Senate Leadership on June 26. “US Senate Election.500 tax credit to purchase a hybrid vehicles. Energy Crises”. oil dependence for future generations. A nonpartisan group of business and former military leaders.S. Atlantic coast. The Minerals Management Service (MMS) estimates these areas in the Gulf and Atlantic could contain as much as 14 billion barrels of oil. OCS Solves Case OCS rides on a bill that includes funding and incentives for alternative energy and solves oil dependency Louisiana Daily News. which is enough to heat 15 million households for 85 years. To ease gas prices in the interim. The Senators also welcomed the news that Senate Leadership is adopting the group’s proposal to convene a summit of energy experts to provide advice on securing America’s energy independence. MMS estimates these regions could contain more than 80 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The states of Virginia.com/News/Louisiana/Politics/Louisiana_Politics__US_Senate_Election_Obama_McCain_Energy_Crises__69 27. Louisiana. The “New ERA” plan opens 38 million acres of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and allows states on the Southeast Atlantic Coast to pursue energy exploration. The plan will also fund the first ever state-of-the-art seismic inventory of offshore areas currently off-limits to production.S. The bipartisan compromise includes a significant investment in alternative fuels. excluding a 50-mile coastal buffer. Landrieu opened 8. including extending and expanding the $2. automakers to make the transition. The bipartisan compromise also includes a conservation and efficiency component that includes tax incentives for consumers. Under that bill. McCain. Offshore Drilling and Revenue Sharing The “Gang of 10’s”plan opens the largest new territory in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) to oil and gas drilling since Sen.bayoubuzz. and creates a non-partisan commission to make recommendations to Congress on future areas that should be opened for production. To accelerate the transition. 37. dedicating at least $20 billion to push 85 percent of America’s motor vehicles to non-petroleum-based fuels within 20 years. In addition to oil.S. 8-4-08. South Carolina and Georgia will be allowed to opt into drilling off of their Atlantic coasts and receive 37. These areas will be eligible for revenue sharing similar to that created by the Domenici-Landrieu plan. Revenue sharing in Domenici-Landrieu served as a model for revenue sharing under the “Gang of 10” plan.” 9 . the proposal includes an increased domestic production. Securing America’s Energy Future. The plan potentially opens as much as 165 million acres to energy exploration along the U. Texas Mississippi and Alabama. Obama.

Tribune Washington Bureau. Republicans took to the House floor on Friday to protest against Pelosi even though the Speaker made sure to turn the cameras and most of the lights off.swamppolitics. A2 Out of Session GOP still working on OCS despite recess Frank James. “House GOP's oil-drilling protest resumes”. despite Congress being on recess.html Scores of Republican House members will return to the Hill today. Their specific complaint was that Pelosi allowed the House to recess without allowing the House to vote on energy legislation.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. 10 . to engage in legislative guerrilla tactics meant to turn the screws on Speaker Nancy Pelosi who has so far refused to allow a vote on domestic oil drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic Natural Wildlife Refuge. 8-4-08.com/news/politics/blog/2008/08/house_gops_drilling_protest_to. http://www.

Oil production declined over all to an average of 97.redorbit. 8-4-08.9 million barrels annually from 2001 through 2006. compared with average levels of 111.-Owned Lands But Onshore Government Sites Mostly Produce Natural Gas”.5 million barrels during the Clinton administration. average natural gas production during the first six years of this presidency was 2. a research and advocacy organization based in Washington. The increased production of natural gas from government-owned land.S." he added. one of the industry's largest research firms. these figures. The Bush administration. But oil production in that region during the Bush years is 12 percent below average levels from the Clinton era. compared with the annual production levels during Bill Clinton's terms.OCS Updates DDI 2008 <GT> Alex A. has issued more than three times the number of well. New oil production usually does not depress prices locally. puts downward pressure on natural gas prices because the North American gas market is largely isolated from the larger world market. "There would never be an expectation of huge returns on the oil side. "You have to start with the recognition that most wells drilled in the Rockies are not oil wells . since oil is shipped by tanker in a worldwide market. land in the West. 11 . on average. Natural Gas N/U Increased natural gas production on government land is causing prices to drop now Felicity Barringer. The Energy Task Force convened by Vice President Dick Cheney in 2001 called for expanded production on U. lands and offshore. annually. http://www. during the previous eight years. the president and chief executive of Bentek Energy.S. Bush's term in office. But while those hoping to lower prices at the pump are clamoring for new oil. On U.com/news/science/1508389/high_oil_prices_renew_the_push_to_ drill_on_usowned/ With the advent of $4-a-gallon gasoline in the United States has come a bruising debate in Congress over whether to intensify efforts to drill on government lands.4 billion cubic feet. and to what effect. not oil. including part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. Natural gas production has increased by 34 percent during President George W. give a partial sense of how the task force's priorities have been carried out.8 billion cubic feet. drawn from the data of the Minerals Management Service and analyzed by the Environmental Working Group. Drilling in the West is more likely to provide natural gas." said Porter Bennett. in general.drilling permits on Western lands as in the Clinton administration's last six years. in its effort to expand energy production.they are gas wells.S. or 68 million cubic meters. most of the new onshore drilling of the past seven years has produced natural gas. The wellhead price of natural gas is about five times higher than it was in the 1990s. according to government data. “High Oil Prices Renew the Push to Drill on U. up from 1.