Bush to Congress: Lift Offshore Drilling Ban

Also, open Alaska refuge to oil companies
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2008 11:08 AM CDT
President Bush pauses during a statement on energy, Wednesday, June 18, 2008, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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(Newser) – Bush formally asked Congress today to allow drilling for oil in the deep water off America's coasts, as well as repeating his demand that Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be opened for drilling, CNN reports. "In the short run, the American economy will continue to rely largely on oil, and that means we need to increase supply here at home," Bush said.