Public favors lifting offshore drilling ban

Freedom New Mexico

President Bush has lifted the executive ban on oil drilling on the outer continental shelf. The public increasingly sees the reasonableness of such a policy change. But no new drilling will occur as long as the Democratic congressional leadership remains opposed. Meanwhile, gasoline prices climb.

Even the pioneer Get Oil Out! (GOO) environmental group that originally opposed offshore drilling after the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill and the nonprofit law firm Environmental Defense Center have endorsed drilling from a platform off the California coast,