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McKeon lauds end of offshore drilling ban

Posted: October 1, 2008 4:33 p.m.
Updated: December 2, 2008 5:00 a.m.

The 27-year federal ban on offshore oil drilling expired today, and Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement about it:

"Today is a day to celebrate as America moves closer to being independent of foreign oil with the expiration of the domestic offshore drilling ban. While the country is clearly focused on the current state of our financial markets, it's important to remember that energy independence will help restore our long-term economic security, making the expiration of this wrongheaded ban a key economic victory as well.

"Republicans, who fought for months if not years to lift this 27-year ban, have dubbed Oct. 1 as ‘American Energy Independence Day,' and once we tackle the tough issues facing our credit market, we will need to refocus our attention on becoming energy independent," McKeon's statement continued. 

"Republicans will continue the push toward achieving a comprehensive energy strategy to expand energy conservation, promote renewable and alternative energy, and increase the supply of domestic fuel and oil, which will also provide more American jobs and boost the economy," the statement concluded.


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