WASHINGTON - The House rejected an attempt late Thursday to end a quarter-century ban on oil and natural gas drilling in 85 percent of the country's coastal waters despite arguments that the new supplies are needed to lower energy costs.
Lawmakers from Florida and California led the fight to maintain the long-standing drilling moratorium, contending that energy development as close as three miles from shore would jeopardize multibillion-tourism industries.
"It's a grievous assault on Florida and other (coastal) states," declared Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., of attempts to end the drilling prohibitions that Congress first imposed in 1981 and has reaffirmed every year since.
The loonies over at Redstate have been crushing on Senator Nelson for weeks, complaining about his refusal to allow drilling off the Florida coast. Now that their own even realize it’s a bad idea, I wonder what the loonies will do. It must seriously hurt to be a Conservative these days, seeing as their own party won’t even touch them, afraid to catch their radical cooties.