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The Washington Post On Drilling

Speaker Pelosi's obstructionism just got a little harder

The editorial board of the Washington Post today takes the unusual step of fact checking a full page ad run by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) decrying additional drilling in response to oil prices as “100% Snake Oil.”

After an obligatory nod to two standard enviro-weenie memes on the time lag from drilling to gas pump and the “pristine” nature of our mosquito infest arctic wastes it addresses three “factual” claims — Drilling is pointless because the United States has only 3 percent of the world’s oil reserves; the oil companies aren’t using the leases they already have; and drilling is environmentally dangerous — made in the ad and demolishes them.

With the Washington Post taking this line on new drilling the chances improve that the Congress will actually act on this issue.

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