At That Hearing on OCS Energy, a Welcome Assessment

By February 12, 2009Energy, Global Warming

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV), chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources:

There is little chance Congress will reinstate an offshore oil drilling ban that expired last year, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee told environmentalists Wednesday.

“I understand your desire to see the moratoria reinstated. However, we may be in a situation where the ship has already sailed,” Rep. Nick J. Rahall II , D-W.Va., said.

A longstanding ban on oil and gas production off the Pacific and Atlantic coasts ended last fall when Congress declined to renew it. President George W. Bush also lifted a corresponding executive moratorium, at a time of high gasoline prices when the industry was clamoring for more drilling.

That’s from CQ’s story on yesterday’s hearing by the committee on offshore drilling. However welcome the comments are from Chairman Rahall, an opponent of offshore drilling, the federal government can stop energy development through other means, which is why the Department of Interior’s extended review of OCS energy warrants close scrutiny and involvement from those who support prosperity and U.S. competitiveness.

The committee’s star power, Ted Danson, turned out to be not very interesting. Just another anti-oil company statist and global warming scold.

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