McCain and Obama debate offshore drilling but Alaskan whalers whose families have hunted in Arctic waters for centuries witness the environmental impact firsthand, from inevitable spills to routine sonic bombs.
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In spite of a huge crisis facing low-income families this winter from the soaring price of heating oil, the Republican Senate leadership even held up approval of financial assistance for these folks.
Big oil et al are not really the "drill" team; it's just a land grab, orchestrated while they still have friends in very high places. And it won't do a damn thing to the price of gas at the pump.
Conservatives obviously don't get the irony of having their presidential nominee and wife billboarding militarism while standing next to an oil derrick.
Everyone seems to assume that if we drill for oil in the US, we will get the oil and won't be dependent on foreign oil anymore. But we won't get anything, Exxon-Mobil will.
Many Americans realize that destroying environmental resources to allow more domestic drilling is a psychological panacea -- a placebo to make us feel like "something is being done."
Efforts to increase America's oil production can be part of a holistic energy package, but they should be part of a larger discussion. And they should be grounded in truth.
All of a sudden you can't get away from stories about the need to drill for oil in Alaska and off our coasts. So what is going on?
The Bush administration's aggressive drive to promote oil and gas drilling on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains has sparked growing anger here ...
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