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Perry welcomes proposed lifting of ban on offshore oil exploring

AUSTIN (AP)  Governor Rick Perry is welcoming a proposal to lift the federal ban on offshore oil exploration.

President Bush's call for Congress to void the ban comes as gasoline prices top $4 per gallon.

Perry says lifting the ban would be a vital step to alleviate the ongoing strain Americans are enduring from ever increasing gasoline and energy prices.

Bush joined GOP presidential candidate John McCain in calling for the lifting of a prohibition on drilling along the East and West coasts and in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Perry says oil exploration off Texas has been going on for years, in an example of the safety, effectiveness and limited environmental impact of modern exploration technology.

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