Lifting of Deep-Water Drilling Ban Fails to Win Praise
"Peter Lehner, executive director of the New York-based Natural Resources Defense Council, called the decision premature.
"Multiple panels are still investigating the accident, and we need to have their answers -- and their solutions implemented -- before we can confidently move forward with deep-water drilling," Lehner said in a statement.
"This is pure politics of the most cynical kind," Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace USA, said in a statement. "The White House wants us to believe that they have solved all the dangers of offshore drilling and we can return to business as usual. It is a false promise, if not a big lie." "
Lifting the drilling moratorium: How politics spilled into policy
"If we instead secure the needed commitments from decision makers, automakers, fuel producers, and consumers, together, we can cut America's projected oil consumption by 2030 in half. This would save tens of billions of dollars at the gas pump; provide for a safer, more diverse, and more secure American energy future; and put the United States squarely in the driver's seat as a leader in addressing the urgent issue of climate change. "