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The House wants to drastically expand offshore drilling

Additional drilling is not a solution to our problems; it is a way to create new ones.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. This week, the House could vote on three bills to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. It is remarkable enough that the House would take up such measures before Congress has done a thing to make drilling safer. But what is truly astounding about these bills is that they would actually make the system that governs offshore drilling weaker than it was before the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. This is legislation that should give pause even to …

Read more: Climate & Energy, Oil


uneasy riders

The continuing threat of the continuing resolution

No riders, please.Cross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The House yesterday passed a bill to keep the government open for an additional two weeks on a bipartisan basis. The most striking feature of that bill was what it was missing -- the Republican leadership dropped all of the anti-environmental exemptions from current law (and all the exemptions from other areas of law) that had been crammed into the full-year Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) two weeks ago. These exemptions are known as "riders" because they ride along on a spending bill even though they have no impact whatsoever on the …

Read more: Politics