As everyone knows, the Democrats are dead against offshore drilling at a time when a majority (67%) of people in the country are demanding offshore drilling to ease foreign dependence. Pelosi has said NO on many occasions. Then yesterday the Democrat-controlled House of Representative passed an offshore drilling bill. That allows newspaper headlines this morning like the NYT's "House Adopts Plan to Ease Offshore Drilling Ban". Are the Democrats having a change of mind?
No, that is not the case. This is a ruse to get voters to think that Democrats are pro-offshore drilling. The bill allows offshore drilling only beyond 50 miles of the coastline. But 95% of known oil reserve is located within 50 miles of the coast line. Go figure. Allowing offshore drilling where there is no oil.
Politic is a dirty business where sleigh of hand is common. Election year politics is even more so.