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After reading multiple letters calling for more offshore drilling, drilling in the Alaskan Wilderness, and blaming Democrats for the current price of gasoline, I felt the need to respond. Approval for drilling is at an all-time high. In fact, offshore drilling permits have tripled during the Bush administration. Leasing to areas like the Outer Continental Shelf is already occurring. Currently, oil companies hold leases to nearly 68 million acres in Alaska and the Gulf but are drilling on only 18 percent of these holdings.
The Bush administration and the oil and gas industries’ allies continue to oppose the repeal of any part of the $18 billion in taxpayer subsidies for oil companies.
Keep in mind: Oil companies are making record profits from the pockets of U.S. citizens. Rather than giving even more of our money to the oil companies, it seems that it would be better to invest these tax dollars in proven options: higher fuel economy standards, energy efficiency and renewable technology.
It is time to hold the Bush administration, the oil companies and their allies accountable and stop the call for drilling in environmentally sensitive areas.
Alaska governor wants to drill
Increase the supply of gas, and the price will go down.
Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has asked Congress to let her state drill for more oil that what Congress allows at the present time. The governor says more oil could be flowing from Alaska in two years.
The governor also states there is adequate space to drill for more oil without damaging wildlife.
Gov. Palin says polar bears are well managed and their population has dramatically increased over the last 30 years as a result of good conservation.