The R's turned this thing down a number of times before the drilling even entered the picture. The drilling is the newest kink. The main problem, all along, is that the R's did not want to PAY for the bill. They may have passed it, but just dug us further into debt for the payment. A post here is way too short to go over each and every time this bill came up, along with all the nuances. I expect our readers can do that for themselves. The fact remains that it could have been passed a NUMBER of times with no problem.....whether it contained drilling offshore, ANWAR or not - because it does not disallow those things...they are be separate battles....some involving states rights, etc. The point is, if this bill is mostly good, pass it and then start on the next things. To hold it up for months and years because of something they thought of LONG after the bill was crafted (offshore drilling) is just holding us hostage. We need a LOT of legislation and plans and it has to start somewhere....in the meanwhile, we get nowhere (and in the case of solar and wind tax credits, we go backwards).... But, then again, I suspect many people already know that. As far as building nukes and decomissioning them later, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but stupid planning got us here, and building things that are not going to pay off (or even MIGHT not pay off) is more of the same. So if you like where we are now and want to go further down the same road.....build nukes and drill more! Worked perfect last time.