President George W. Bush on Wednesday urged Congress to lift its ban on offshore drilling. "Families across the country are looking to Washington for a response" to high gasoline prices, Bush said. Oil exploration can be done in a way that is "out of sight, protects coral reefs and habitats, and protects against oil spills," he said. He did not lift the 1990 order his father signed to prevent offshore drilling. A spokesman said he thought it would be best to work in tandem with lawmakers to overturn the congressional ban first.
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