Crossposted at www.opiniontimes.com:
Harry Reid is attempting to sneak in a renewal of the ban on offshore drilling into spending legislation sources tell Opinion Times. Reid is offering an “economic stimulus” amendment to the Homeland Security section of the bill which would extend the decades old offshore drilling ban.
The continuing resolution which came to the Senate from the House yesterday had all oil exploration provisions removed by a vote of 370-58. It was a major victory for proponents of expanding energy exploration. the nearly 1 trillion barrels of oil available through oil shale reserves in the mountain states of Colorado, Wyoming and Utah was also lifted.
Reid’s motivation is unclear, but it brings to mind Mitch McConnell’s question put to Colorado Senator Ken Salazar “at what price for gasoline would you open up energy exploration?” See below.