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Tuesday, October 07, 2008

#15- AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report - October 07, 2008

AubreyJ’s Energy Update Report
House GOP Leaders Ask Interior Department For Help On Offshore Drilling
Tuesday
, October 07, 2008
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File Photo by DoE

With Drilling Bans Lifted, House GOP Leaders Ask Interior Department to Identify Potential Roadblocks to Fast Action
Washington Must “Ensure Our Nation Can Reap the Benefits of New Domestic Energy Supplies as Quickly as Possible,” Leaders Write

Washington, Oct 2 - With the federal government’s misguided ban on offshore and oil shale energy production now lifted, House Republican leaders today sent a letter to Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne asking that the Interior Department identify any actions that need to be taken by Congress to ensure the newly-liberated sources of domestic energy are put to use as quickly as possible for energy-strapped American families.

The House GOP leaders’ letter contrasts sharply with recent statements made by the Democratic leaders who control Congress, who have indicated restoring the federal ban on offshore and oil shale drilling “
will be a top priority for discussion next year.”

In the letter, House GOP leaders expressed concern that “radical anti-energy groups may, with the tacit support of the Democratic Congressional leadership, file a barrage of lawsuits to continue to deny the American people access” to domestic offshore and oil shale energy sources. “We are also concerned by speculation that federal red tape and bureaucratic hurdles exist that will prevent Americans from gaining quick access to these sources,” the leaders wrote.

The letter urges Secretary Kempthorne to “identify any responsible actions that might be taken by Congress in order to ensure these resources are fully and completely unlocked in the most expeditious manner possible.”

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Read the full text of the letter here
Taken from a press release by the Office of the House Republican Leader
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Congress Votes to Lift Ban on Coastal Drilling


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About News Video: A spending bill passed by Congress Saturday, Sept. 27th ends a quarter-century ban on offshore oil drilling. The President is expected to sign the bill, but experts say it will be years before the oil starts flowing to refineries.
News video post on YouTube Sept. 27, 2008 by
AssociatedPress
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* AP.Google.com brings us this report and it starts off like this... The federal government will designate "critical habitat" for polar bears off Alaska's coast, a decision that could add restrictions to future offshore petroleum exploration or drilling... Federal law prohibits agencies from taking actions that may adversely modify critical habitat and interfere with polar bear recovery. That likely will affect oil and gas activity, said Kassie Siegel of the Center for Biological Diversity, one of three groups that sued to force the critical habitat designation...
Read the full report at link below...

Deadlines set for designating polar bear habitat
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And this is just the beginning of the lawsuits, nationwide, in the cause of the Polar Bears. Think about that the next time you fill up or buy something costing much, much more than it did last year.
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This is Barak Obama’s world... and the world of the left. Keep voting them into office.

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AubreyJ.........

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