Opponents of the plan -- many within the Bush administration -- believe that opening up offshore drilling would neither reduce prices at the pump in the short-term, nor provide a long-term energy solution, a viewpoint shared by Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama.
- Read "Bush lifts executive ban on offshore drilling" (Associated Press, July 14, 2008)
- Watch the video of Bush's speech (Associated Press, July 14, 2008)
- Read Senator Obama's response to Bush (Time Magazine, July 14, 2008)
- Sign the National Resources Defense Council's petition urging Congress to oppose the lifting of the legislative ban