An executive ban on U.S. coastal oil drilling is lifted. Now, President Bush is asking for the congressional ban to be lifted in an effort to curb record high gas prices. However, many have mixed feelings about how much this effort will help the current situation.
Some critics of President Bush say he is an oil man and it's no surprise he lifted a ban to drill off the U.S. coast, while others disagree saying he just trying to ease America's reliance on foreign oil. Either way, it's now up to congress to go forward with the president's request.
"Now the ball is squarely in Congress's court. Democratic leaders can show that they have finally heard the frustrations of the American people by matching the action I have taken today." said President Bush.
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who thanked the president, says we shouldn't take any option off the table, especially one that will reduce dependence on foreign oil. Other politicians say oil speculators are one of the other reasons for rising gas prices, but Republicans and Democrats are currently working on a plan together to regulate speculators.