From the latest article from The Hill it sounds as if some Democrats are moving towards expanding the areas where drilling is allowed. Quote:
The House is going to have its own “gang” of Republicans and Democrats who want to push for more drilling to relieve gas prices.
The Democrats in the group, led by Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii), will be bucking Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who earlier Thursday called efforts to open up new areas to drilling “a hoax.”
Abercrombie announced late Thursday that he and Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.), one of the loudest voices for more drilling, will form a bipartisan working group to discuss energy issues.
In an interview this week about his work with Peterson, Abercrombie said the Democratic message on energy is not working.
“Simply standing up and saying, you can’t drill your way out of this doesn’t work,” Abercrombie said. “The people are standing up and saying, ‘Yes, we can.’”
There are to be 20 members of the working group – 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans. The members will be announced Tuesday.
“In order for us to remain competitive and rescue ourselves from a second ‘great depression’, Washington needs to put the politics aside and address the crisis,” Peterson said in a statement announcing the working group.
Drilling is politically popular and will probably result in lowering the price of oil down the road. The federal government should allow states to have some say in whether or not drilling occurs in an area.
I understand the concern for the environmental damage that drilling would do but I would say that is a problem with the government owning such a large amount of land.