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Fact #1: In U.S. waters, the Eastern Gulf of Mexico is off-limits for drilling. The only way to legally drill for oil within 125 miles of the Florida coast is to drill in Cuban waters, which reach within 45 miles of Key West.

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Resistance is Not Futile

Caleb Howe

Fact #2: In 2011, the average price of gasoline was the highest of any year in history, including 2008 when the price spiked above $4.00 per gallon.

Open thread, sucker.