Drill Here. Drill Now.

"Drill Here. Drill Now." is an American political slogan coined on May 20, 2008 by former speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich and his American Solutions organization to advocate for increased use of America's domestic energy resources to help lower the cost of oil. The effort has drawn over 1.4 million petition signers [ [http://www.americansolutions.com/actioncenter/petitions/?Guid=54ec6e43-75a8-445b-aa7b-346a1e096659 Petitions] . American Solutions for Winning the Future. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.] and spawned a series of other web sites and forced candidates and elected officials including President George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and John McCain to publicly indicate their position on drilling.Source needed|date=August 2008

The following timeline lists related events which ignited the national debate about drilling for more American oil:

May 20 - [http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=26608 American Solutions launches "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less" petition]
May 29 - [http://www.americansolutions.com/ResourceCenter/Read.aspx?guid=9ac4f615-eed2-49be-a963-382323a2363a 100,000 petition signatures]
June 10 - [http://www.americansolutions.com/ResourceCenter/Read.aspx?guid=4dfb13d8-575a-46ab-9823-4b5463efe3ce 500,000 petition signatures]
June 16 - [http://blog.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/06/16/mccain_calls_for_end_to_offsho.html Washington Post: "McCain Calls for End to Offshore Drilling Ban"]
June 18 - [http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/state/epaper/2008/06/17/0617cristoil.html Palm Beach Post: "Crist backs McCain on offshore drilling"]
June 19 - [http://www.americansolutions.com/ResourceCenter/Read.aspx?guid=db7d008e-e498-4ccd-84fd-0ce131dc8a62 1,000,000 petition signatures]
June 19 - [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/19/washington/19drill.html?hp New York Times: "Bush Calls for End to Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling"]
July 14 - [http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/14/bush.offshore/index.html CNN: "Bush lifts executive ban on offshore oil drilling"]
July 26 - [http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/News/PressReleases/b8f29ce7-9300-4162-a24d-33036549e8a3.htm Senator McCain's weekly radio address: "As a matter of fairness to the American people, we need to drill more, drill now, and pay less at the pump."]
July 31 - [http://www.americansolutions.com/media/4CDF1CEC-779C-4699-A123-A8992F4D9219/e42dc13c-170e-4a5b-84ce-26d77244a9be.pdf MoveOn.org Admits American Solutions is winning the energy debate: "Here's the truth: Right now, progressives are losing this argument."]
August 1 - [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/08/01/obama-proposes-1000-emerg_n_116450.html Associated Press: "Obama shifts, says he may back offshore drilling"]
August 4 - [http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/08/mccain-we-have.html ABC: "McCain: 'We Have to Drill Here and Drill Now'"]
August 5 - [http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12304.html Politico: "Pelosi: At-risk Dems back drilling"]
August 14 - [http://www.denverpost.com/politics/ci_10194734 Denver Post: "Udall reverses opposition to offshore drilling"]
August 16 - [http://www.clipsandcomment.com/2008/08/17/full-transcript-saddleback-presidential-forum-sen-barack-obama-john-mccain-moderated-by-rick-warren/ At Saddleback Forum, Senator McCain admits the most significant change in his public position in 10 years is offshore drilling.]
August 25 - American Solutions delivers nearly 1.5 million signatures to Democratic National Convention]
September 4 - American Solutions delivers nearly 1.5 million signatures to Republican National Convention]
September 9 - [http://www.hannity.com/ Aaron Tippin's "Drill Here, Drill Now" single debuts on The Sean Hannity Show]


External links

* [http://www.americansolutions.com/ American Solutions Website]

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