The New York Times is reporting President Barack Obama today detailed a proposal to open up large areas of the United States' coastlines for oil and natural gas drilling.
Obama and predecessors have long held against opening up offshore drilling for oil drilling, but that course of action seems to now be a thing of the past. The Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska are where drilling will be allowed, according to the New York Times.
How do you think President Obama's proposal will affect his support from Congress, his own party and the public? This is sure to bring out some strong opinions on the matter from Congressmen. President Obama could also be battling environmental groups that will feverishly fight against drilling in the oceans. If our country is in need of these essential fossil fuels and offshore drilling will be for the benefit of the people, then that better be what happens. Who knows, maybe this will divert attention from Obama's health care bill that is still drawing the ire of people all over the country. Or it could worsen the support that may waning from the health care reform bill. What do you think of the president's last couple months?
Read the entire New York Times article here.