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It should come as no surprise that as America is in the midst of the worst economic downturn since at least the 1970s if not much longer, concern for the environment appears to be taking a hit. In its 25th annual survey asking whether the environment or economy should take precedence, Gallup has found for the first time ever that the economy came out on top with 51 percent saying growth should be given priority. Similarly, environmental protection has lost ground to developing U.S. energy suppli

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Nearly every industry analyst will tell you that there's no way the federal government could directly control the market price of gasoline, however, a new Gallup poll reveals that 42 percent of Americans think otherwise. More specifically, those respondents agreed with the statement that the Bush administration "deliberately manipulated the price of gasoline so that it would decrease before this fall's elections." 53 percent did not agree and 5 percent had no opinion.

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