Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) today issued the following statement concerning the expiration of the decades-long moratorium on off shore drilling:
"Drilling offshore is part of the comprehensive energy strategy we need -- and I have voted for -- to end our country's dependence on foreign oil. Everything needs to be on the table. We need to drill off shore and in remote areas of Alaska. We need to look at clean, alternative and renewable energy, including solar, wind, clean coal, nuclear, hydrogen and biofuels. We need to promote conservation and energy efficiency, which is why I voted for the increase in fuel economy standards. The American people want us to address our country's energy needs and by allowing the moratorium to expire we continue to move toward that goal. I am hopeful -- but not optimistic -- that the House Leadership will allow a vote on H.R. 6566, the American Energy Act, which provides a comprehensive renewable energy strategy that would increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency and promote new and expanding energy technologies to help lower the price at the pump and reduce America's increasingly costly and dangerous dependence on foreign oil. "
EDITOR'S NOTE: The continuing appropriations bill approved by the House on Wednesday by a vote of 370-58 did not include a renewal of the ban on offshore drilling, which has been in place for more than 20 years. The bill is pending future action in the Senate.