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The president plans to officially lift the ban and explain his actions in a Rose Garden statement, White House press secretary Dana Perino said.
Environmentalists slammed the move. Friends of the Earth Action President Brent Blackwelder responded with the following statement:
“President Bush and John McCain should be trying to end America’s addiction to oil, but instead they’re pushing this gimmick that won’t do anything to lower the cost of gas.
Originally posted by TruthWithin
Ummmm...yes the US is a major member of OPEC.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is a group of twelve states made up of Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Libya, Algeria, Nigeria, Angola, Venezuela and Ecuador. Recently, Indonesia has decided to leave the organization, a move which was completed in May 2008. The organization has maintained its headquarters in Vienna since 1965, and hosts regular meetings among the oil ministers of its member states.