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DrConway
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posted 03 December 2002 12:21 AM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Check it.

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LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2 -- A federal appeals court today blocked an attempt by the Bush administration to revive three dozen old and dormant oil leases off the California coast without the consent of state officials, a ruling that enhances the longstanding state and federal ban here on offshore drilling.

From: You shall not side with the great against the powerless. | Registered: May 2001  |  IP: Logged
Smith
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posted 03 December 2002 02:51 AM      Profile for Smith     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ah, lovely. Well, props to the court for stopping it.

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Earlier this year, Bush administration officials said that they supported the ban on new drilling leases off the California coast, but suggested that the owners of the old leases had a right to be treated fairly, since when they paid for exploration and drilling rights, they were not violating any laws.

Uh huh. So if it was legal then, it should be legal indefinitely...right.

Isn't that a little like (to use an extreme and silly example) saying "Okay, raping your wife is now illegal, unless you got married BEFORE it became illegal, in which case, go ahead, you just can't do it to a wife you married AFTER this declaration..."

If it causes harm, it causes harm. Honestly.


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xrcrguy
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posted 03 December 2002 03:02 AM      Profile for xrcrguy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm no lawyer, but I think what Bush is refering to is something akin to a "Grandfather" clause.

Details fuzzy...need sleep...someone clarify.... zzzzzzzzzz


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