Politico.com reported Although Senate Democrats are slowly easing away from opposition to offshore drilling, it’s clear that the majority party is not giving it away for nothing. One idea floated by Reid would require that whatever oil is drilled in newly opened areas would need to be sold in the United States.
Because of transportation costs I suspect it would be anyway.Democrats also want any compromise plan to include investments in clean and renewable energies,
If that includes nuclear, I agree. The rest does not offer that much promise.a crackdown on oil speculators and proof that the oil and gas companies are fully utilizing land that is already leased for exploration. “If they were showing in good faith that they were drilling on some of the 68 million acres they have now, it might change some of our attitudes,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
If there was oil on them I suspect they would be drilling. How about allowing them to swap lease space they currently have with space in ANWAR, at 1 million acres for 1 thousand acres.Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said that he was open to drilling in new areas but opposed to “offshore drilling if there is any environmental impact.” Durbin reiterated the call for oil companies to drill in areas covered by existing leases first,
Even if there is no oil there?but then added: “Beyond that, if there is a suggestion of some new area to go into, I’ll look at it.”
ANWAR.Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), fresh from his GI Bill victory, said that he is now making energy a major priority. “We need to look at all our assets,” he said, suggesting a large package including expanded offshore drilling, alternative energy, nuclear power and technology to make coal cleaner.
Alternative energy does not offer much but I agree on the other three. And by the time we get a bunch of nuvclear plants up, we should be able to perfect electric cars.