This White House statement on the house bill passed this week, which will headlessly expand offshore drilling mostly to calm public furor over gas prices--short termism anyone?--is pretty clear about what the issue is:
"H.R. 1230 would undermine the Administration's work to ensure that environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is conducted in a rigorous manner. H.R. 1230 would hastily open areas of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic to leasing, including requiring the Department of the Interior (DOI) to hold three lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico using outdated NEPA analysis that was conducted before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill."
Ah yes, outdated analysis. The foundation of the oil industry.