According to Politico.com, "The Obama administration is preparing to end the ban on deepwater oil and gas drilling imposed after the BP oil disaster in April, lifting it more than a month ahead of schedule. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is set to make the official announcement during a conference call 1 p.m. Tuesday. The administration has been subject to constant political pressure from Gulf state lawmakers and the oil and gas industry concerned about job losses attributed to the ban, which covers drilling along the outer continental shelf more than 1,000 feet down."
Who'd have thought, with over half the America people against the moritorium, the loss of oil production and the massive unemployment in the Gulf states brought on by the drilling ban, that only three weeks before the mid-term elections (which the Democrats seem to be losing) Obama would lift the moratorium on offshore drilling? I know the President would never do anything like that for political gain say - to win back votes for Democrat candidates in Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi. But it sure is an amazing coincidence, isn't it?