The Sierra Club says the Bush administration once again is calling for more drilling on America's public lands by implying that somehow doing so would lower gasoline prices.

Following the release of a new Bureau of Land Management report on oil and gas, Interior Department officials are calling on Congress to open up our nation's last undeveloped public lands to oil drilling.

Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope said "Drilling in federally protected areas is not the answer to our energy problems and will do nothing to ease pain at the pump."

Pope said opening protected areas will only offer "relief" to the oil industry which is already raking in billions of dollars in profit records.

"The Bush administration's 'drill everything' policy does nothing to help American consumers. It only helps Big Oil," Pope said.

"More drilling increases our dependence on fossil fuels, destroys natural treasures, and contributes to global warming. Drilling is a short-term fix for an addiction we need to end," he concluded.

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