Time to act is now on ANWR, offshore drilling

Posted: Friday, July 18, 2008

Despite all the bickering and back-stabbing that goes on in D.C., we're hoping Congress can put its differences aside long enough to work together and meet President Bush -- at the very least -- halfway on movement to lift the ban on offshore drilling.

Monday's action opened the door to ease the flow of black gold coming from beyond our shoreline and take the tension off the market.

But there Congress sits, doing nothing.

It's difficult to understand why environmentalists approve of exploration and drilling in other countries -- especially while they enjoy the benefits of what these products produce in our everyday lives -- but it's hands off our country no matter how many technological advances have been made to protect the same environment they want protected.

Our economy is suffering. And at some point, something has to give.

If paying close to $5 a gallon for gasoline isn't stirring folks enough to urge their congressmen and women to act, what will?

Fighting the mentality that it will do more harm than good still prevails after 27 years, but the cycle can be broken.

Perhaps a nudge from the American people to Congress to wake up and smell the freedom from dependency is all it will take.

This isn't about posturing, it's about taking the pressure off the American people and doing what's best for the country.

"This proposal is something you'd expect from an oil company CEO, not the president of the United States," said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Environment Committee.

We disagree. It's a decision to help get Americans back on their feet.

And what about ANWR?

It's easy to sit on the East Coast and say, "Alaska is so beautiful. We shouldn't drill there." But many Alaskans know the value of what this would bring, not only in the form of jobs, but also the boost for the economy -- the state's and the nation's.

"The only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is action from the U.S. Congress," Bush said in a statement Monday. "Now the ball is squarely in Congress' court."

Enough of the pettiness and grandstanding. The time to act is now.

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