A Bush administration nudge toward opening waters off Virginia for oil and gas leasing is rankling environmentalists, who have begun lobbying President-elect Barack Obama to reinstate an offshore drilling ban lifted by President George W. Bush last summer.

Reinstating the offshore drilling ban would remove the oil drilling debate as a stand alone issue and give Obama leverage to have a more comprehensive debate about energy policy.

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