Voting against OCS inventory subverts US energy policy

10/27/2003
Can there be any indication clearer than voluntary ignorance that Congress is misguided on energy policy?The House on Oct. 15 voted 229-182 to instruct energy-bill conferees to exclude from consideration an inventory of oil and natural gas resources on the Outer Continental Shelf (OGJ Online, Oct. 16, 2003).Because the inventory would have covered areas subject to leasing moratoriums, drilling opponents saw it as a move toward the oil and gas activity they so dread.So House members opted for ignorance.If Americans knew what they were forgoing by prohibiting leasing of so much federal acreage, after all, they might take a closer look than they have so far at the issue. They might learn tha...
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