I would be remiss if I didn't note that Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), has said that he would support expanding offshore drilling if it would enable a compromise with Republicans to get an energy bill passed. Sorry, I won't link or even quote the article because it comes from AP. But, I'm sure you can find it.
Anyway, this is encouraging news from Mr. Obama. Meaningless, unless he can convince Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-06) or Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to go along, but encouraging.