Gore to ban drilling off key states if elected US president

US Vice-Pres. Al Gore has pledged that, if elected president, he will ban any new offshore drilling for oil and gas along the California and Florida coasts.He made the announcement during a campaign stop at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH (see Editorial, p. 25).Last year, the Clinton administration signed a 10-year moratorium on new leasing off California, Washington, Oregon, southwestern Florida, New England, the Mid-Atlantic, and southern Alaska; the ban did not prohibit drilling on existing leases (see story, p. 36).Gore promises to go much further, however: "If elected president, I will take steps to prevent any oil drilling on the older leases that were granted during previous...

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