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Breakthrough Nears on Tapping Offshore Energy Supply

National Journal -- In a season of political gridlock, a breakthrough could be near on legislation to promote energy production off the nation’s coastlines.

A bipartisan energy bill now being crafted in the Senate could hit a sweet spot between expanding offshore oil and gas drilling, which many Republicans want, and creating incentives for new offshore wind and tidal power, which many Democrats want. It could also create a new source of revenue for the nation’s 24 coastal states—a tempting prospect for many cash-strapped state governments.

The Murkowski-Landrieu-Wyden bill has the potential break that logjam—and to allow both Democrats and Republicans to actually claim that they are moving an “all-of-the-above” energy bill. Both sides spent 2012 touting that energy slogan on the campaign trail.


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:26:28 AM

We need to make sure we have pipelines going from the Gulf Coast refineries to the Eastern Seaboard and there'd be a lot more fuel available in the US.
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 6:04:12 AM

We'll see. Let's hope we can find more alternatives.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:59:49 AM

Alright.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 8:56:07 AM

Ok.
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gas_too_high
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 7:11:22 AM

Sounds like a good idea, which no doubt means that Obama will oppose and veto it.

GTH
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afghaned
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 3:55:09 AM

I'll believe it when it happens. Too many back door deals needed for this type of deal.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:45:29 AM

OK, when?????
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Ahking
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:15:18 AM

By breakthrough, I was hoping for the scientifc type.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 2:09:07 AM

Great that offshore activity might be getting on track again, but we need to keep investing in alt fuels
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stealthvan
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:59:41 AM

Hard to believe we could have bi-partisan support for the same bill, but I guess it could happen. We definitely need to explore options like this so we can reduce our dependency on foreign oil!
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Bill100
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:55:40 AM

A breakthrough from government? Seriously?
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gmcgas
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:54:10 AM

at these price, i'm sure they want to.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:53:28 AM

Ok safety 1st
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:51:08 AM

“Let's hope they don't destroy our coasts in the process.”

Faint hope. If this sort of legislation is enacted it’s Katy bar the door. There will be wind turbines and drill rigs sprouting up everywhere. At least the turbines are only an eyesore. They offer little potential to damage the coast itself or pollute the water.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:50:31 AM

Capturing the energy of "tidal power" is an interesting concept that should yield benefit.
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The only thing they will work together at is getting all your money.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:36:06 AM

Good news, drill baby drill,
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:34:57 AM

I think they should proceed with caution with all of these off shore wells. We have had too many "close calls" or just outright nasty accidents- there has got to be a better way!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:32:31 AM

Let's hope they don't destroy our coasts in the process.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:25:45 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:24:31 AM

not for the next 4 years
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:23:12 AM

Show us dont just talk.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:22:28 AM

i aam not a fan of this....
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:20:46 AM

let's hope the gov't does not get in the way
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:19:23 AM

Breakthrough Nears, now that means they are hoping.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:19:22 AM

about time
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:17:30 AM

good
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:17:14 AM

Obviously, a made up story, especially the part about congress working together
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:14:30 AM

Let's do this!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:14:16 AM

It won't happen on the East coast or off California!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:12:57 AM

good
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:12:54 AM

I'm with you TIGERPAW46!!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:12:01 AM

I doubt it
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:11:48 AM

We need to work on ALL SOURCES OF ENERGY to help reduce the cost for EVERYONE!!! Just surprised to see Washington working together on it. BONER must not of heard about it yet.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:10:51 AM

Mostly economics.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:08:27 AM

I believe some day we will find the offshore windmills are causing a lot more problems than the Gov. Thinks. Just like Ethanol has. however I'm not in favor of any more Deep water oil wells. I still believe the Shale oil is safer than offshore wells, If done correctly, in the right locations & with proper disposal of waste.
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The liberals will never allow it
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don't hold your breath hoping
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Try more solar power.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:01:57 AM

let's keep on drilling!!!
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:59:27 AM

I can only hope so
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:58:25 AM

go for it...
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:56:59 AM

starting point
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:53:11 AM

Almost Unbelievable.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:53:10 AM

Too many riders in the Bill.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:51:03 AM

Only time will tell.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:47:15 AM

Unbelievable.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:47:01 AM

Let's hope that isn't an unfortunate turn of a phrase. A break through could send millions of gallons of crude into the Gulf again.
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:43:50 AM

Scary that they would actually get together on something that appears good all around.
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Let's use wave energy near the shore lines to power our homes, and businesses instead.
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