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Is Oil or Religion More to Blame for Iran's Ills?new

Even though I'm a theocracy-hating non-believer, I actually think Iran's primary illness is that it has oil. In my opinion, the country's evil theocrats are merely a secondary symptom of the main sickness.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  07-07-2009  |  Commentary

Big Oil Dominates the GOP, Especially in Palin's Alaskanew

The longer we discuss Sarah Palin's uterus, the more likely it is that American politics will remain distracted from the central issue of this election: whether the lords of oil will continue to control the United States as surely as they control Alaska.
Artvoice  |  Bruce Fisher  |  09-15-2008  |  Commentary

Bear-Baiting in Georgia: It's the Oil, Stupidnew

Not one American in ten could find Georgia on a map, but all of a sudden that country's "freedom-loving" government is of great importance to our national security. Bullshit. The situation in Georgia, pure and simple, is about access to oil and our contemptuous treatment of Russia in the post-communist era.
Creative Loafing (Charlotte)  |  John Grooms  |  08-27-2008  |  Commentary

America's Energy Crisis Belongs in the GOP's Lapnew

In recent weeks, we've heard a rising chorus of Republicans blaming America's energy woes on the Democrats. It seems that they've all forgotten how Ronald Reagan gutted Jimmy Carter's energy plan.
Charleston City Paper  |  Will Moredock  |  08-20-2008  |  Commentary

Republicans, Democrats Trade Barbs Over Energy Independencenew

The war on terror. The war on drugs. Welfare reform. Family values. Remember those? Every single one was a signature issue of a general election campaign designed to distract the voting public from critical challenges facing the US. This year it's energy independence. Woo-hoo!
Charleston City Paper  |  D.A. Smith  |  08-13-2008  |  Commentary

McCain's Oil Drilling Hoaxnew

Oil industry execs drive his campaign pledge.
Shepherd Express  |  Joe Conason  |  08-08-2008  |  Commentary

Rep. Bart Stupak Pushes for Regulating Oil Speculatorsnew

The sophisticated finance boys on Wall Street are making fun of Stupak, the Michigan congressman who is so much of a hick he cares about poor people who are having trouble affording gasoline. What really bothers them is that he is now in a position where he may be able to do something about it.
Metro Times  |  Jack Lessenberry  |  07-29-2008  |  Politics

Republicans are Pandering at the Pumpnew

We must face a difficult truth. With global oil reserves on the decline, the age of cheap gas is over. While government can provide some short-term fixes, nothing will permanently reduce gas prices. What we need is political leadership to formulate a realistic energy policy. Too bad the GOP can't deliver.
The Texas Observer  |  Editorial  |  07-02-2008  |  Commentary

Clueless Cheney Tries to Scare Us into Drilling Everythingnew

With gas prices hovering over $4 a gallon across the U.S., the doyens of petrophilia are pulling out all the stops in an effort to get the U.S. to lift all environmental restrictions on drilling for oil. The latest salvo came when Dick Cheney repeated a claim by columnist George Will that the Chinese are drilling for crude in conjunction with Cuba off the coast of Florida.
Philadelphia City Paper  |  David Faris  |  07-01-2008  |  Commentary

Blame Reagan for Today's High Gas Pricesnew

Less than four months after Jimmy Carter signed the Energy Security Act, the Reagan administration replaced the Carter administration. And as soon as they took office, the Reaganites set about killing the synfuels program. Where would we be today if Reagan had stayed the course?
Boulder Weekly  |  Paul Danish  |  06-30-2008  |  Commentary

Responding to Energy Crisis, John McCain Goes Nuclearnew

McCain has announced a number of controversial ways to solve this nation's energy crisis. Along with suggesting offshore drilling and supporting big tax write-offs for big oil, McCain has also called for building up to 100 additional nuclear facilities within the United States.
Shepherd Express  |  Lisa Kaiser  |  06-27-2008  |  Politics

Elizabeth Dole Sides with Oil Industry on Key Votesnew

The North Carolina Senator, who is up for reelection this year, joined fellow Republicans in blocking Democratic measures, including one that would have repealed $17 billion in oil industry tax breaks over the next 10 years.
INDY Week  |  Bob Geary  |  06-12-2008  |  Politics

When Did Conservatives Abandon Conservation?new

According to several "conservatives," including a couple who are running for office, the skyrocketing price of gasoline shouldn't prompt us to conserve. What we need to do is go out and drill for more oil. But why can't we do both?
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  05-07-2008  |  Commentary

When it Comes to Gas Prices, Everything Suddenly Makes Sensenew

As I stood there at Costco, watching the numbers spin by like the year marker on The Time Machine (the original, with Rod Taylor), I had a brief moment of pristine clarity.
Tucson Weekly  |  Tom Danehy  |  05-01-2008  |  Commentary

Inauguration 2005: The Eve of Destructionnew

George W. Bush is getting four more years to remake the world in his image. (Too bad for us, he already started.)
The Village Voice  |  Rick Perlstein  |  01-20-2005  |  Politics

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