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After clamping down and imposing a ban on offshore drilling in the wake of last spring's disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday that the moratorium is over and, as he put it, "We are open for business."

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With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government's lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.

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With atrocious timing, the Minerals Management Service has approved a new oil well to be drilled off the coast of Louisiana. As decisions go, this one seems dumber than a bag of nails. Why not just build an offshore bucket? There's plenty of oil in the water these days. You can thank Team Obama, which let a ban on shallow drilling expire, for this bizarre development.

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OK, so he actually called it an "unparalleled disaster," but you get the idea: President Barack Obama took a moment Thursday morning to announce that the federal government had been on British Petroleum's gulf oil spill from the very start and to declare unequivocally (continued) .

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The news that British Petroleum began its latest attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday afternoon with the "top kill" stopgap strategy would be more heartening if it didn't come so late in the game -- and if there was more of a guarantee that it would do the job.

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“Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention. But while she popularized that environment-be-damned slogan, it had already defined the eight years of oil-drilling policy that prevailed during the presidency of George W. Bush. “Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention.

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In the messy wake of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, three giants of the oil industry -- the aforementioned British Petroleum, perennial favorite Halliburton and Transocean -- were butting heads and looking to stick each other (continued).

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It's difficult to predict how many billions of dollars the cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico is going to end up costing, but President Obama, touring the devastation over the weekend, says he knows who should pay (continued).

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