Democrat leaders surrender
Remove outdated offshore oil and shale energy production bans
The Department of Interior's Minerals Management Service concluded that as much as 115.4 billion barrels of oil and 633.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas are currently available in the outer continental shelf (OCS) of the United States. Today, only 3% of OCS resources are being used for energy, while 97% remain off limits.
House Republicans - and the American people - scored a major victory last night when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democratic colleagues finally realized they could not defy the will of American families, seniors, and small businesses any longer and removed the outdated bans on offshore oil and shale energy production from federal spending legislation.
The victory follows months of protests highlighting Americans' solid support for more energy production as part of a comprehensive plan to lower gas prices. This is an important step but is not comprehensive energy reform. Action of the rest of the "all of the above solution" is urgently needed.