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Gang of <s>10</s> 16

August 26, 2008 - by Donny Shaw


>Six more senators on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 senators backing a bill they say will break the stalemate over offshore drilling in Congress.
>Three Democrats and three Republicans joined the so-called Gang of 10, making it the Gang of 16. The group supports a bill that would lift a ban on oil and natural gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the southeastern U.S. coast, invest $20 billion in the development of petroleum-free motor vehicles and extend tax credits for renewable energy.
>Among the new converts are two Republican senators facing tough re-election bids this fall, underscoring the role high energy prices are playing on the campaign trail. By signing on with the group, Sens. Norm Coleman of Minnesota and John Sununu of New Hampshire have broken with the majority of their party, which like President Bush, would like to see the moratorium on drilling lifted along the entire Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Senator Isakson (R-GA): let’s make it a Gang of 51.

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  • Anonymous 08/28/2008 3:21am

    Little wonder why Norm Colemand and
    John Sununu are mentioned here. Aren’t they the same Democrats that have accepted bribes from Monsanto Corporation? Seems like another instance of " Money talks, nobody walks." There is absolutely NO reason for offshore drilling, with our abundant oil reserves out west. But even more to the point there are electric car conversions of standard vehicles tooling around, at the moment that get 300 miles to a charge and go 0-60 in 3.5 seconds. Something very very rotten in the state of Denmark !

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