The New York Times reports Americans' attitudes toward offshore oil and natural gas development has been generally supportive the past couple of years. What a contrast with the shifts in drilling policy from the administration in Washington!
No surprise the public feels this way. Americans get the basic economics of gasoline prices - that is, the link between the cost of crude oil and prices at the gas pump. Developing domestic energy supplies simply makes sense.
The Times reports:
- A Gallup poll taken immediately after the Macondo accident last year showed 50 percent of Americans still supported offshore drilling, while 46 percent opposed. Less than a year later, in March, the public's drilling support had risen to 60 percent, with 37 percent opposed..
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