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Energy edge: Issue is an opening for McCain

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Modified: July 31, 2008 at 10:10 am •  Published: July 28, 2008
Although Republican John McCain trails in presidential polling, he has a potential game-changer in his matchup with Democrat Barack Obama, on probably the biggest issue of the campaign: energy.

With the national price average for gasoline hovering around $4 a gallon, more Americans agree with McCain than Obama on going after available U.S. sources of oil and natural gas.

Various polls place public support for tapping known oil reserves offshore and in Alaska at near 60 percent. A recent Wall Street Journal poll showed energy — including gasoline prices and utility costs — is the economic issue Americans say most affects them.

Certainly, McCain has seen the numbers and has aired a national television ad laying high gas prices at Obama's feet. Campaign hyperbole aside, it's absolutely true Obama's party, which controls Congress, is blocking all attempts to even consider allowing new oil and gas exploration in protected areas.

Last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to let the House vote on new drilling.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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