New Offshore Drilling Won’t Dig Us Out of the Hole

Oil RigSo, big oil and friends are at it again: doing what they can to keep us hooked on fossil fuels for as long as possible.

President Bush’s announcement on Monday to lift the ban on offshore drilling is the next step in a series of attempts to fool Americans into thinking there’s a future in the fossil fuel economy.

But, the fact is that we can’t drill our way out of higher gas prices and a failed energy policy.

Calls for more drilling will only increase already record high profits of big oil companies, and will do little to reduce the painful prices we’re paying at the pump.

Bush’s own Energy Department reported that opening up our protected coastal area would have no real impact on current domestic crude oil and natural gas production or lower gas prices.

Clean EnergyIt’s time for our country’s leadership to put America on the path toward progress by making investments in clean energy solutions.

Federal legislation that promotes clean, alternative energy and reduces global warming pollution will reduce our oil imports four times more than drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and the Rocky Mountain states, combined.

We need to encourage Congress to start promoting the clean energy policies that offer us a real alternative to the dead end direction of fossil fuel addiction.