Milito agreed it’s a long-term solution, saying recent study data showed expanding oil and gas drilling now will mean significant benefits to the federal coffers by about 2020.

Click here for complete article > Politico November 28, 2012 With pencils being sharpened on a debt deal, all eyes are on the gas tax as a possible savior for transportation spending. But another option that may cause lawmakers less heartburn is being obscured by the gas tax dust: linking energy production with infrastructure spending. More revenues for infrastructure could be wrung out of a linkage with energy in a number of ways, but the possibilities discussed the most include instituting a fee on oil production, or expanding oil and natural gas drilling availability. The second option is basically what House Republicans proposed to do as part of their failed surface transportation bill from earlier this year…