With gasoline prices still hovering at about $4 a gallon and no end in sight to the problems with our shallow supply of oil, the US Congress led by Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Little Bobby Casey and Patrick “sMurphy” Murphy are set to take a one-month vacation without taking any action on the matter.
One group isn’t taking it sitting down. They are Grassfire.org, and they are petitioning Congress to lift the Congressional ban on offshore drilling or forgo their cushy month-long vacation.
“The energy crisis is crippling American families, and they want real action, right now. If that means Congress needs to stay overtime, and postpone vacation plans, so be it,” says Steve Elliott, president of Grassfire.org, one of the nation’s leading online citizen action networks. “Lifting the ban on offshore drilling makes sense, and based on the incredible response that we have seen since launching this petition over the last four days, it’s something Americans are demanding.”
In addition to lifting the ban on offshore drilling, the petition also supports removing restrictions for exploration in ANWR, lifting barriers on Shale Oil exploration, enhancing exploration for natural gas, significantly increasing domestic nuclear power and building more refineries. “It’s obvious to all that changes must be made regarding our energy policies. Americans are doing their part. Now it’s time Congress steps up and does something constructive and positive for the people,” says Elliott.
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