Obama to introduce offshore oil proposal

21:48, March 31, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama is allowing exploration for oil and natural gas 50 miles off Virginia's shorelines, media reported on Wednesday.

White House officials looked the changes as a way to create jobs and reduce U. S. reliance on foreign oil -- both politically popular ideas. But it also means that the president extended olive branch to Republicans for a climate change bill languishing in Congress.

For more than 20 years, drilling was banned in most offshore areas of the United States outside the Gulf of Mexico because of concerns that spills could harm the environment.


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