In today's political atomosphere, it takes some real work or a real concern to get a majority of Americans to be in favor of anything but Mom. More than two-thirds of Americans think that increasing drilling off America's shores is a good thing.
Since President Bush lifted the executive ban on off-shore drilling, I have seen gas prices in my neighborhood drop almost $.20 a gallon. That is without drilling even happening (admittedly there are many other factors involved--I don't want to give the impression that I am not aware of the multitude of factors). So what happens if we actually start drilling? What if Congress actually voted on expanding continental shelf drilling?
This Congress is not popular and not even scheduling a vote is political cowardice at the worst.