December 20th, 2008
12:05 PM ET
5 years ago

'Drill, baby, drill' process has begun

As the price of gas surged past $4 a gallon this summer, U.S. drilling became a hot political issue.
As the price of gas surged past $4 a gallon this summer, U.S. drilling became a hot political issue.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Remember "drill, baby drill"? In its last weeks in office, the Bush administration is starting to make it happen by quietly starting the process of exploration and drilling off the coast of Virginia.

The move means that President-elect Barack Obama and brand new interior secretary nominee Ken Salazar - a Democratic senator from Colorado - will have to jump feet-first into the decades-old debate over offshore oil drilling. It's an issue where the two disagreed at one point.

Watch: Obama's choice for the Interior Department isn't all green, say some

Wait. Virginia?

The state is ground zero for the drilling debate because of possible reserves off the coast and what energy experts see as a friendlier government than elsewhere.

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. BB

    Oh great - he waits til the last 30 days to do anything other than start wars and then does the wrong things. Just great.

    December 20, 2008 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  2. mark

    Obama will screw this up...Next thing you know Obama will be saying he should control how much gas an American canput in his car at any given time, etc. He's a joke, biggest government ahead is just ahead of us....

    December 20, 2008 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  3. barbara campbell

    One more gift to his buddies in the fossil fuel industry, one more slap at the American people.

    December 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  4. Texas Teacher

    Of course, those high gas prices will not be for nought... or so the Republican Oil Business wants us to believe! Shock Doctrine again.... amazing what they can do in a very short amount of time in the shock of some kind of tragedy happening to the American Government, Economy, or Wall STreet... in that time of panic... these people slip in whatever it is that they want! They have been doing that very thing for the last 8 years! So how many of these tragic events are of natural source and how many are created to support the policy or action wanted? Just asking.... :)

    December 20, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |