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Issa Applauds President's Decision to Repeal Executive Order Banning Offshore Drilling

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Location: Washington, DC

Decision Not to Drill Rests Squarely on the Shoulders of Democrat Congressional Leadership

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), today, hailed President George W. Bush's decision to lift the 1990 Executive Order that bars new drilling on much of America's Outer Continental Shelf.

"This decision is a step in the right direction for American consumers and our economy, but a defeat for the environmental lobby that has spent tens of millions of dollars in Washington over the years to place our nation's energy reserves off-limits," said Issa. "The decision between using America's own energy reserves or to continuing to send our dollars to Venezuela and the Middle East now rests squarely on the shoulders of Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Congressional leadership."

As Nancy Pelosi continues to thwart efforts to have an up or down vote on new domestic drilling, Rep. Issa continues to push for using America's existing energy reserves and embracing and developing new energy and conservation technologies. "With energy prices this high, we're past the point where we can afford to talk about Republican and Democrat answers to the energy crisis," added Issa. "If it makes sense economically, and can be done safely, we ought to be doing it."

The removal of the executive order banning new drilling leaves only statutory barriers in the way of new offshore oil drilling. Rep. Issa has endorsed legislation that would lift Federal barriers to new drilling, but allow states to decide if drilling would be permitted within 50 miles of their coast.

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