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Yar-El
09-27-2008, 04:36 PM
Senate sends big spending bill to Bush to sign. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26915459/)
Bill lifts offshore drilling ban, aids Gulf Coast disaster victims.

Holy Henna! That settles that debate. It looks like were heading for offshore drilling.

White House spokesman Tony Fratto said the bill "stands as a reminder of the failure of the Democratic Congress to fund the government in regular order." But, he said, it "puts the United States one step closer to ending our dependence on foreign sources of energy" by lifting the offshore drilling ban and opening up huge reserves of oil shale in the West.

Taxpayers for Common Sense, a watchdog group, discovered 2,322 pet projects totaling $6.6 billion. That included 2,025 in the defense portion alone that cost a total of $4.9 billion. Critics of such “earmarks” promise to scrutinize them in coming weeks and months for links to lobbyists and campaign contributions.

Rev7
09-27-2008, 04:47 PM
That is a lot of money...

Litofsky
09-27-2008, 04:51 PM
I suppose this is a good way to temporarily lower the gas prices, but not an effective solution in the long run. I wonder how OPEC will respond...

Yar-El
09-27-2008, 07:29 PM
OPEC may endup cutting back production, so the price of oil can remain high. They seem to be a greedy type of folk.