Set an example


First Posted: 6/24/2008

President Bush is rightly chiding Congress, saying, "there is no excuse for delay" in dropping the ban on offshore drilling for oil and natural gas to help increase supply in the face of $4 a gallon gasoline.

At the same time, Bush is holding himself back from dropping one ban on offshore drilling that was imposed by presidential order in 1990 by Bush's own father. The other major ban was imposed by Congress.

The president should make the first move, drop the presidential ban on drilling, and thereby show leadership when Congress won't.

Bush may be reluctant to undo his father's work, but oil is thicker than blood. The president should put the nation's energy needs ahead of family considerations.