Pelosi Wavers on Drilling Vote
Posted on Aug 11, 2008
Once again, the Republicans have managed to take a nonsense issue and make rain. Nancy Pelosi wants to save the planet, and she knows offshore drilling is a “hoax,” but the House speaker is under fire and she’s starting to budge.
Republicans, reacting to high gas prices, have demanded a vote on additional oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf, where drilling is currently blocked by a moratorium. Until now, Pelosi (D-Calif.) has resisted the idea as a “hoax.” But in an interview on CNN’s Larry King Live, she indicated that she was open to a vote.
“They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas,” Pelosi said. “We can do that. We can have a vote on that.”
She indicated such a vote would have to be part of a larger package that included other policies, like releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which she said could bring down prices in a matter of days.
White House / David Bohrer