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Bush lifts one drilling ban, targets another listen

07/14/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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President George Bush announced today that by executive order he was lifting a presidential moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas on the Outer Continental Shelf, hoping to prod Congress to act to clear the way for exploration along the nation’s coastline in response to soaring energy prices.

However, the moratorium on offshore drilling imposed by Congress back in 1981 still exists. But Bush left no doubt that he wanted Congress to end its 27-year-old prohibition.

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Republicans keep pushing for offshore oil drilling listen

07/11/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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President George Bush urged Congress today to open offshore waters and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil drilling.

In comments to reporters following a meeting with his economic team at the Department of Energy, Bush said one of the main reasons for high gas prices is because demand for crude oil is exceeding supply.

Bush blamed Democrats in Congress for blocking drilling off the coast and in ANWR, and pressed House leaders to address rising oil prices before...

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Should there be oil drilling along Florida coast? listen

06/18/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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At a Tampa Downtown Partnership meeting today, WMNF spoke with business people and elected officials about the possibility of drilling for oil off the coast of Florida.

Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio told WMNF she opposes drilling off the state’s coast. Iorio questioned the wisdom of constructing oil rigs there, especially considering how dependent the state is on tourism.

Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita said she was open to the idea floated by Sen. John McCain and supported by Go...

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Nelson vs. Crist on offshore drilling listen

06/17/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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John McCain tonight announced he wants to lift the federal moratorium on offshore drilling and allow individual states to decide whether to allow oil and gas exploration.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is among the Democrats denouncing McCain.

McCain’s announcement comes as gas prices are at an all time, leading a majority in a new poll to agree with such a plan. But Nelson took issue with the way the question was asked.

That new poll is a Rasmussen survey released today that showed 67 per...

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McCain won't back ban on offshore drilling listen

06/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Sen. John McCain today said he will urge lifting the two-decade-old federal moratorium on gas and oil exploration that covers most of the U.S. coast and let states decide whether to allow drilling. That opinion is a reversal for McCain, who has supported the federal ban in the past.

Speaking to reporters in Alexandria, VA, McCain said the U.S. must embark on a national mission to reduce its dependence on foreign oil.

Holly Binns, field director for Environment Florida, calls off-shore ...

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