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In response to BP's catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, President Barack Obama immediately placed a six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling efforts, a move which affected 33 deep-water drilling projects. While many people initially applauded Obama's decision, public sentiment in the U.S. has now changed. The numbers from a recent Bloomberg National Poll paint a vivid picture of American desires to continue extracting the black gold from under the sea bed despite the accident that t

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President Obama seems to be taking a similar tack with his environmental agenda as he did with healthcare, starting by cutting his most strident supporters off at the knees by conceding points before the debate even begins. With the healthcare issue it was a single-payer system that was left off the table. Now, in a move that is being seen as a way of getting votes in Congress for climate change legislation, he's decided to allow the same drilling off the coast that his party and supporters had

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There has been a US ban on offshore oil drilling for the past 27 years, and George Bush Sr. signed off on an executive order echoing the ban in 1990. Originally, the ban was agreed upon to protect the beaches and tourism economies of coastal towns, and now global warming has been added into the mix.

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