In a long overdue move, President Bush has lifted the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling that his father implemented more than 15 years ago. The move gives oil and gas companies the freedom to explore for resources in areas they’ve long coveted, to the dismay of environmentalists.
Is this the answer to the nation’s energy woes? Hardly. But it’s a step that should have been taken long since. Let’s have a cheer for the president’s belated action. Perhaps 5-10 years down the line this action will benefit American energy consumers.