Uh, I think that governors might have some say in this matter too....
Off-shore drilling will probably not take place unless the REPUBLICAN governor of Florida (Charlie Crist) and the REPUBLICAN governor of California (Arnold Schwarzenegger) allow it to happen. Jeb Bush opposed offshore drilling, but his new replacement, Gov. Crist, recently said he supported drilling off the coast of Florida, which is a frist regarding this area of the country.
California of course is a different story when it comes to offshore drilling, they've been there and done that: link
Governor opposes offshore oil drilling
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday he opposes lifting a ban on new oil drilling in coastal waters, breaking with President Bush and Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Schwarzenegger, who has endorsed McCain's presidential bid, said the federal offshore drilling ban was not to blame for soaring gas prices. A federal moratorium has been in place for 27 years.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said lifting the drilling moratorium is an unnecessary risk that could allow unreliable oil rigs to be as close as three miles to California's beaches.
"Californians are all too familiar with the consequences of offshore drilling," Feinstein said in a statement issued Tuesday.
She cited the 1969 spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that killed scores of birds and marine mammals, and soiled miles of coastline with balls of tar.
"And we know this could happen again," Feinstein said.
McCain wants to allow states to decide whether to explore their coastal waters, something Californians would be unlikely to support, said state Assembly Speaker Karen Bass.
"The idea of increasing offshore drilling off the coast of California I think is absurd, and I can't even imagine we would entertain that," the Los Angeles Democrat said.
Schwarzenegger does not have the support of all his fellow Republicans in California, many of whom agree with McCain and Bush.
The minority leader in the state Senate said he supports lifting restrictions on offshore oil drilling.
...this particular issue reminds me of that old quote "All politics is local."
BTW, I read some time ago that of the approxiamtely 8 million oil bore holes drilled in the world, approximately 4 million of them are in the U.S.(!) Can someone find that reference? To me, that little factoid illustrates that more drilling isn't necessarily the answer...