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Re: E-M:/ Russ Harding: Drill under the Great Lakes



 
In going along with President Bush and reversing his opposition to offshore drilling, John McCain has raised a few eyebrows in the Great Lakes region.

So far, this story hasn’t ignited the Great Lakes-centric fury one would have expected among proponents and opponents of expanded drilling here.

 
 
 
Perhaps it takes $4 a gallon gasoline to restore rationality to U.S. energy policy. President Bush has called on Congress to lift the ban on off-shore drilling for oil and gas. Recent national polling indicates that consumers struggling with higher costs for food and energy have shifted their opinion - a majority now supports the development of offshore oil and gas reserves. This change in public opinion presents an opportunity to reconsider directional drilling under the Great Lakes, which was prohibited by state law in 2002 and by federal law in 2005.
 




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