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Gallup: 60 percent of Americans Support More Offshore Oil Drilling

2:01 PM, Mar 14, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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Some 60 percent of Americans want to see more offshore oil production according to the latest Gallup poll. That's up 10 percent from last May. And that's not all:

The latest findings are from Gallup's annual Environment survey, conducted March 3-6. The same poll shows 49% of Americans in favor of opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil exploration. This is up slightly from 43% in the previous measurement in 2008, and is the highest level of support Gallup has recorded for drilling in ANWR since the question was first asked in 2002.

In this week's issue of THE WEEKLY STANDARD, Matt Continetti examines how the Obama administration is so out of sync with the American people on energy policy:

[Obama] proudly (and correctly) touts the fact that in 2010 domestic oil production reached its highest level in seven years. But he doesn’t grasp that supply must increase by a lot more, and a lot more quickly, if Americans are to enjoy affordable fuel.

“We need to continue to boost domestic production of oil and gas,” Obama said last week. How? The president wants to know if the oil companies are sitting on any untapped reserves. He’d like to see further research and exploration and “information gathering.” He said that “We’re looking at potential new development in Alaska.” Someone should put the president’s portrait next to the dictionary definition of “passing the buck.” There are plenty of ways to encourage production right now. Moping that it takes time for new fields to come online is no excuse. If the government had responded to the widespread outcry to drill three years ago, we’d be that much closer to having additional supplies of energy today.

Read the whole thing.

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