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2008-08-13 18:00:39

SEN. John Kerry was on the phone and the words were coming in a rush. "It's a completely fraudulent argument," he said. "It's misleading. It's snake oil salesmanship of the worst order." He was talking about the latest smoke screen in the presidential election, the bogus contention that lifting restrictions on offshore oil drilling would somehow, in the foreseeable future, bring down the price of gasoline for American motorists. This absurd contention is now one of the main issues of...

2008-08-13 18:00:39

TO THE EDITOR: Energy drives the U.S. economy, from agriculture to industry, to our homes and our vehicles. The rise of the Chinese and Indian economies, in particular, has increased worldwide demand with a stable, or decreased, level of supply. Given this, there is no mystery that the price of oil and its products have risen. Much research and development has been devoted to wind and solar power, but at best, these are forecast to be small suppliers of our energy needs. Nuclear power is...

2008-08-12 15:00:56

Big Oil, its cronies in Congress and the Bush administration are exploiting the pain we are feeling at the pump by touting drilling as a solution, even though they know drilling will not lower prices at the pump. Big Oil wants you to believe that drilling is a quick fix, when the reality is that President Bush's own Energy Department has said that any new drilling will have no effect on gas prices now, and an "insignificant" effect on gasoline prices 15 to 20 years from now. The United...

2008-08-08 03:00:39

By Winston Porter If the effort in Congress to deny oil companies access to new areas for offshore drilling is a bad idea -- and it is -- then the consequences of such a political move are even worse: less oil, more volatility in gasoline prices and reduced funding for highway repairs and maintenance. The cost of congressional inaction would fall on motorists -- and ultimately on anyone who suffers from high energy prices. It's hard to see what anyone would gain from a continued...

2008-08-07 15:00:49

By FROMA HARROP IN A RARE BURST of bipartisan consensus, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama have agreed on a dreadful proposal: Open more of America's fragile coastlines to offshore oil drilling. How is it awful? Let me count the ways. 1. It will do nothing for today's or tomorrow's pump prices. The U.S. Energy Department says it: Drilling in these previously banned offshore areas "would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices...

2008-08-06 09:00:55

Last week's energy debate in Congress gives voters concerned about gas prices a good idea where U.S. energy policy is headed. If Barack Obama is in the White House, Democrats win a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, and Nancy Pelosi has fewer pesky Republicans to ignore in the House, this will be energy rule No. 1: Forget more drilling. Offshore. Alaska. Doesn't matter. Then step two, let slip by an unidentified Democratic aide recently in The Hill newspaper: "Right now, our...

2008-08-06 09:00:55

I don't mind if people want to debate about offshore drilling, as long as they realize that what they are debating about is obtaining about seven months worth of oil in 2017. However, arguing about this is not going to bring down the price of oil, nor is it a substitute for developing a comprehensive energy policy that will meet our energy needs into the 21st century and beyond. The fact that John McCain has made offshore drilling and a gas tax holiday the cornerstone of his energy...

2008-08-05 15:00:56

Oil extraction on federal lands and off the coast has quickly become the continental divide of energy policy in this presidential election year. Congressional Democrats have, for the most part, opposed lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling. Republicans, for the most part, support it. As is usually the case, the issue has more nuance than the rhetoric would suggest. The debate ought to reflect this and the fact that arguments on both sides have merit. A fuller exploration of the potential...

2008-08-05 09:01:21

Sen. Barack Obama's limited, qualified reversal on offshore oil drilling may be a hopeful sign of energy realism on his part. Still, it's far too early to tell how meaningful it will be in the effort to unlock huge deposits of oil and natural gas below American waters. Obama continues to say - as recently as Monday in Lansing, Mich., for example - that more offshore drilling is a bad idea. But he also says he may be willing to accept expansion as part of a compromise package that includes...

2008-08-04 09:00:55

By Janice Francis-Smith U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas is one of Oklahoma's Republican representatives in Congress who ascribes to the Republican Party's call for increased domestic production of oil and natural gas, including offshore drilling. But he also represents agriculturally dominated areas of the state that benefit from an increased national focus on biofuels and alternative, renewable sources of energy. With such varied interests, the odds would indicate Lucas had a pretty good chance...


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