Take a look at this map. Currently, the US Government permits offshore oil exploration in the red areas:
I thought the Government wanted to reduce foreign oil reliance? They sure have a funny way of going about it.
We have the following updates about politics and gas prices:
First, there is the Prince of Qatar:
Qatari Energy Minister Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Attiyah said the price of oil would drop by $15 should politicians end their expressions of concern over a halt in supplies.
Al Attiyah said the record oil prices of more than $75 per barrel was the result of fears and speculation within the market.
In other words, shut up.
Then there is the Washington Post which has a great articles about the cars taht our Congressmen and women drive:
"Since George Bush and Dick Cheney took over as president and vice president, gas prices have doubled!" charged Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), standing at an Exxon station on Capitol Hill where regular unleaded hit $3.10. "They are too cozy with the oil industry."
She then hopped in a waiting Chrysler LHS (18 mpg) -- even though her Senate office was only a block away.
America may be addicted to oil, as President Bush puts it. But America is in the denial phase of this addiction -- as evidenced by the behavior of its lawmakers. They have proposed all kinds of solutions to high gas prices: taxes on oil companies, domestic oil drilling and releasing petroleum reserves. But they ignore the obvious: that Americans drive too much in too-big cars. - Washington Post
There is much more. Read about who is driving what in the rest of the story.
Update: 28 April 06
Rightwing Nuthouse has a dead-on parody of this whole idiotic situation.
Meantime, the Demons had a better idea (politically speaking, that is). If the Pibble party could pander to the people then the Demons could up the ante. “Let’s tax the excess profits on turnip juice,” they cried triumphantly. This had the advantage of playing to the ignorance of the people of Unis about how turnips are grown and refined while making them sound like they’re “doing something about the problem.”
Of course, all the scheming and planning by the Pibbles and the Demons did not produce one additional drop of turnip juice. So the price remained high. And the people? - RWNH
Read the whole thing. It's great!
RICKY’S FABLES (the Story of turnip juice) - rightwing Nuthouse
Going a Short Way to Make a Point - Washington Post
Qatar: Price of oil would drop $15 if politicians shut up - World Tribune
Price Gouging in Delaware - 23 April 2006
Are Record Oil Company Profits all that Bad? - 14 September 2005
How Much Gasoline do 12 Million Illegal Aliens Consume? - 26 April 2006