Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A year ago today....

Today marks the one year anniversary of the lifting of the Presidential moratorium on offshore drilling on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). President Bush lifted the moratorium during the height of the energy crisis, during which time Americans saw record-high prices at the pump. The President and Republicans in Congress recognized the need for increased domestic exploration and drilling to lower our dependence on foreign oil. Unfortunately, President Obama has continued to block new drilling and exploration by delaying a new five-year leasing plan that would allow access to new energy resources on the OCS and create over a million new jobs. It is Congressman Shuster's hope that as we continue to see our energy prices increase, the President and Democrats in Congress will recognize the need for increased domestic production and stop blocking access to new energy resources.

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