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The Not-So-Great Energy Debate

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[ THIS PIECE ORIGINALLY APPEARED IN THE HUFFINGTON POST ON AUGUST 3, 2008.]

The Not-So-Great Energy Debate

By Jared Bernstein

To drill or not to drill — that is the question. More precisely, that’s the question that has set the terms of the debate on whether to lift the ban on oil exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and ANWR. It’s also exactly the question the oil companies and their political proxies want us to debate. The fact that those of us who’d like to protect the ban have accommodated them is extremely unfortunate because it’s the wrong question.

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Jared Bernstein is a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

[ POSTED TO VIEWPOINTS ON AUGUST 4, 2008. ]


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