Argument: Offshore drilling ban is not responsible for rising gas prices

Issue Report: US offshore oil drilling


“Expanded offshore drilling is no answer to our energy crisis”. Citizen Times. 16 July 2008 – “It’s beyond disingenuous to imply, as the president did, that the prohibition on offshore drilling is responsible for the present run-up in gas prices or that allowing offshore drilling would do anything to bring prices down. In 2005 when the Republican-controlled Congress agreed to give more than $14 billion in tax subsidies and increased the number of drilling permits in the U.S., gas was $2.29. Today the national average is about $4.10.”