What with (1) the presidential campaign and (2) the national economy collapsing into pieces, it's been difficult to follow other news stories the last couple of weeks, even important ones.
So you are forgiven if you didn't happen to notice that the current ban on drilling offshore for oil expired today. That's a big victory for Republicans in Congress, who had made the ban a major issue. I'm guessing that if Democrats hold a majority in Congress next year and elect the next president, environmental groups may want to revisit the issue.
U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, issued a statement marking the end of the ban.
"For months, House Republicans and the American public have called for a comprehensive energy plan that includes offshore drilling, opening ANWR, nuclear, clean coal, hydro and alternative energy," he said. "It is essential that we have energy to meet our citizens' and business needs."
Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo -- who, like Latta, voted against Monday's bailout bill -- has signed on as a co-sponsor to an alternative bailout bill. Details here.