Offshore Progress

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Aug 12, 2008 10:47 AM
GOP operatives are gleeful over today's Washington Post's editorial that debunks offshore drilling myths and a concession House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made on CNN last night that she would allow a vote on offshore drilling.

Pelosi told CNN's Larry King in an interview that aired Monday evening she may allow a vote to increase domestic energy exploration as a part of some type of compromise package that includes measures she supports, like releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

“They have this thing that says drill offshore in the protected areas,” Pelosi said. “We can do that. We can have a vote on that.”

Surely, Pelosi's concession is due to the fact House Republicans have taken over her House over August recess protesting her decision to close the chamber without allowing a vote on offshore drilling.

That strong cabal of House Republicans should keep it up. The pressure is working. And the GOP shouldn't stop until she concedes to a stand alone vote on offshore.