[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/20/oil.drilling/art.gas.prices.gi.jpg caption="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.
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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.