House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio calls the move "a victory for Americans," but it's likely most environmentalists aren't in much of a celebratory mood right now. Mainstream America, however, will likely welcome any news that could lead to relief at the pump. And although any drilling could take years to come to fruition, the knowledge that America's vast offshore reserves will eventually enter the fossil fuel fray could help calm the volatile market. Whether cheaper gasoline is coming or not, the shift away from gas-gobbling SUVs and trucks looks to be a permanent one. Here's to hoping that by the time the drills are ready to pump crude, protesters will have a far larger choice of EVs to take to the rally.