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It doesn't really surprise me that 60 percent of Americans believe that allowing offshore drilling is going to have some kind of immediate downward effect on gas prices, rather than a decade-and-a-half from now. Desperate people grasp at straws, because they WANT to believe so badly.

It's also no surprise that the politicians pushing offshore drilling the hardest are the ones from states farthest from any coastline. I can just imagine the folks jawbonin' about it down at the tire and supply store now: "Shux...who cares about Florida? I been to Disney World. They ain't even got a coastline there, so what are them folks bellyachin' about? And that there ANWR. Just a buncha caribou. Not like they're cattle or nuthin'. I got me a mighty thirsty VEE-hickle outside to fill, and if this lops a coupla cents off a gallon, I say bring on the slick! Leastways, we won't be buyin' it from the A-rabs."

It's almost too easy for the oil companies.

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I saw this cartoon in the print newspaper today and nearly fell over in my chair. It's so frustrating that voters refuse to recognize facts. I had to run to the computer to thank you for visually venting on my behalf. Although I will say I think your comments that people "want to believe" when they are desperate are too kind, and that your more merciless image is more appropriate. If people had faced facts sooner, they wouldn't be desperate now. To find some brains, you may have to keep drilling, Lowe, all the way to China or India or...


The idea that a legimate intent to increase drilling will have immediate effect on oil prices (and therefore at the pump) is not a stupid one. Anything serious we do now, whether it's lower consumption or increase supply (or most effectively both), portends a greater supply of oil in the future and will cause the market to react to lower the price of oil.

Conversely, the longer we bicker about what do (while doing nothing) further convinces the market that oil will be more scarce with continued increased demand, and the narket will therefore will bet the price up.

The most effective policy would couple increasing oil production by any reasonable means with tying a percentage of the resultant decrease in oil prices towards alternate energy source development.


The proper terminalology is "them A-rabs" thank you.


Soccerman:

I couldn't disagree with you more. The reasonable thing to do is not to allow more off-shore drilling. The reasonable thing to do is to have the oil companies drill on the area they already have access to. Why should we give them more acreage if they are not using the acerage they already have?

We do NOT need to have oil platforms off the coast. We need oil companies that actively search for oil within their currently provided areas. Imagine the effect on gas prices an announcement by Exxon that they had found billions of barrels within the area already designated to them!


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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