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What next for 'drill, baby, drill?'

Republican leaders have built their energy policies around increased oil and gas extraction, dismissing environmental dangers. How should they respond to the Gulf oil spill if they want to preserve offshore drilling as a politically viable option?

Posted by Steve Pearlstein and Raju Narisetti on May 3, 2010 3:17 PM
Alan M. Webber

The Spin Meister at work

Overheard: 'Wind and sun -- they're cute, but they can't keep the American economy running. Now, don't tell me you're a socialist?'

Posted by Alan M. Webber, on May 6, 2010 1:16 PM

Eager for free lunches

In the hunt for the Times Square wanna-be bomber, we nailed it cold. Despite everyone's best efforts, the Gulf is a mess. What's the difference?

Posted by Donald Kettl, on May 6, 2010 1:09 PM
Slade Gorton

A dead cause

An expansion of areas open to offshore drilling has almost certainly been destroyed by BP, and its pursuit for the next several years by Republicans or anyone else is pointless.

Posted by Slade Gorton, on May 4, 2010 1:57 PM

Can government fix it?

Recent serial disasters -- Gulf oil spill, Times Square car-bomber, immigration flood, Wall Street malfeasance - shows that conservative Republican anti-governmentism is no longer convincing.

Posted by Ken Adelman, on May 4, 2010 1:52 PM

GOP job plan for Gulf coast?

Out-of-work fishermen are hired to contain the oil spill. Are these the new jobs that Republican leaders promised when they supported off-shore drilling?

Posted by Columbia University students, on May 4, 2010 1:40 PM

Not as bad as you think

On a global scale, fragile ecological systems may be safer if drilling occurs under US regulations and with US technologies.

Posted by Coro Fellows, on May 4, 2010 12:03 PM

Time for a real energy policy

I realize that a tax increase would be unacceptable to many people, but serious thought must be given to an enhanced tax on gasoline.

Posted by Yash Gupta, on May 4, 2010 10:39 AM

Follow the Chernobyl example

The Republican Party can use this Gulf oil spill to promote stricter environmental drilling standards.

Posted by West Point Cadets, on May 4, 2010 10:35 AM

Pile on BP

Ironically, Obama may be their biggest ally here. Marry him on this one. Next embrace those folks in the Gulf states who are already bearing the brunt of the consequences of the spill

Posted by Marty Linsky, on May 4, 2010 10:28 AM

No time for spin

There's no way to spin this ecological and economic disaster in the Gulf, and Republicans would be foolish to try.

Posted by Jon Cowan, on May 4, 2010 5:20 AM

Lessons from Three-Mile Island

The midst of a crisis is not an appropriate time to appeal to the emotions of the moment in the making of broad policy choices.

Posted by George Daly, on May 4, 2010 5:10 AM

Will the opportunity be wasted?

Imagine the broad appeal of a Republican effort requiring better safeguards and emergency procedures for off-shore drilling.

Posted by Ed Ruggero, on May 4, 2010 5:00 AM

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dareisay: Another news story out today, is that our government was supposed to have some kind of boom at these sites, that would burn the oil, right a...

James10: The standard conservative approach would be to claim that the conservatives were always aware of the risks and it was the Democrats that opp...

stevevalandra: Nothing will change. This will happen again. Think back to the spills and oil-related disasters of the past. We never learn. We are all comp...

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