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Congressman Filner Speaks Out Against Offshore Drilling

President Bush is pressuring Congress to allow more offshore drilling. Most Democrats -- like San Diego's Bob Filner -- say it won't solve America's energy problems. In Washington, Jodi Breisler repor

Congressman Filner Speaks Out Against Offshore Drilling

President Bush is pressuring Congress to allow more offshore drilling. Most Democrats -- like San Diego's Bob Filner -- say it won't solve America's energy problems. In Washington, Jodi Breisler reports from Capitol Hill.

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The President rescinded the executive moratorium on drilling- challenging Congress to do the same. It's a challenge Representative Filner says the House will likely ignore.

<b> Filner: </b> We should ask the President what has he done for the last seven years to get us off oil and into an alternative energy policy. That's the issue here. The issue is not 'drilling or not drilling', because the amount of oil we are going to get from drilling is very limited and it's going to be way in the future.

President Bush says coastal states like California should have more say in whether to allow exploration for drilling. But this week, Congressional Democrats are focusing their efforts on the role of oil speculation in gas prices. Legislative stalemates are likely to continue in this election year atmosphere.

From Capitol News Connection in Washington, I'm Jodi Breisler for KPBS News.