President Bush Lifts Offshore Oil Drilling Ban

President Bush says he's lifting the executive ban on offshore oil drilling.

But before that can happen, he'll have  to convince Congress it's the right thing to do.

Ever since gas prices starting consistantly rising over the past year, the question of offshore drilling has been on the minds of many citizens.

And now the President says it's an action that needs to be taken.

With gas over 4 dollars a gallon, it's a topic that brings a lot of mixed emotions, should we or shouldn't we turn to offshore drilling to help bring down those high gas prices?

Now President Bush is taking a stand of his own.

If he gets what he wants, more oil rigs will be stationed along the U.S. coastline.

Monday, Bush officially lifted an executive ban on offshore oil drilling.

This means the only thing standing between the American people and these vast oil resources is the U.S. Ccongress.

That's because in order for offshore drilling to actually happen Congress would have to approve it.

Some critics call the action reckless by posing a risk to the environment and they say it will do little to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Experts say it could take 5 to 10 years before the first barrel is produced but our coastlines have the ability to produce about 18 billion barrels of oil.

To give you an example of how much that is, if we only used that source for our oil, it would last the U.S. two and a half years.

Now it's important to note that President Bush's father was the first to initiate the off shore drilling ban to begin with.

All 5 of Nebraska's Congressmen say they support off-shore drilling.