Environment

Reality Bites

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorMay 14, 2011 11:45 AM

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Here's news and (a headline) that is sure to rankle many in the climate and environmental communities:

Obama seeks to promote more oil drilling in Alaska, offshore

But it shouldn't come as a surprise, since this is what he said during his recent "energy security" speech in March:

Meeting this new goal of cutting our oil dependence depends largely on two things: finding and producing more oil at home, and reducing our dependence on oil with cleaner alternative fuels and greater efficiency. This begins by continuing to increase America's oil supply. Last year, American oil production reached its highest level since 2003. And for the first time in more than a decade, oil we imported accounted for less than half the liquid fuel we consumed. To keep reducing that reliance on imports, my Administration is encouraging offshore oil exploration and production "“ as long as it's safe and responsible.

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