Bush fights for off-shore drilling

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June 18, 2008

WASHINGTON -- President Bush says skyrocketing gas and oil prices should make it clear to Congress that the U.S. needs to boost domestic oil production.

At the White House today, he renewed a call for lawmakers to lift a 27-year-old ban on offshore drilling before they take summer recess.

Bush says offshore drilling could yield up to 18 billion barrels of oil over time. He admits the move would take years to have full effect.

The president also accused Congress of directly contributing to consumers' pain at the pump. He says that lawmakers' opposition to his energy policies has "helped drive gas prices to record

Congressional Democrats have already rejected Bush's latest call to lift the ban.

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