To Drill Or Not To Drill For Oil

A new Gallup poll says the majority of Americans favor drilling for oil in the U.S.

Gasoline prices are breaking records day after day.  People are planning their driving more strategically by not making special trips out.  Companies and schools in some places are trimming five day weeks down to four.  UPS plans their routes to make fewer left turns because waiting to turn uses more gas. 
Clearly, the high price of gas is affecting Americans.  Is it affecting them enough to encourage drilling for oil in the U.S.? 
A new Gallup poll says yes.
The poll results posted on on May 28, say 57% of respondents favor "drilling in U.S. coastal and wilderness areas now off limits."  41% oppose the idea.  
What do you think?  If you want to read the Gallup poll report, click <a href=> here. </a>
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  • by mark edwards Location: moyock on Jun 23, 2008 at 10:38 AM
    Oil and Natural gas exist off of the North Carolina coast. We just need the guts to go after it. Gasoline could once again be available for $.80 to $1.00 a gallon. It is great to search for alternative fuel sources, but for imediate future, we need affordable oil/gas and need it now! I, for one love Nature and the environment, but it is nothing wrong with drilling for oil. Look at the Gulf of Mexico. With all of the Oil rigs there, not a single drop of oil was leaked during Hurricane Katrina.
  • by CHUCK SAEGER Location: GREENVILLE on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:42 AM
  • by Tom Davis Location: Kinston on Jun 19, 2008 at 04:12 AM
    If you let Big Oil drill, how much do you think they will pay our Goverment or the American people? = $0 This Oil will be put of the Open Market and China needs a lot of oil, the demand will always be there. Does anyone know how much Oil it takes to fight a War? alot, We have to process it, and then ship it back to the middle east. Someone needs to find out how this is effecting training, and troops in the middle east. Support our Military cut way back - don't let them win.
  • by paula Location: jacksonville,n.c. on Jun 18, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    drill for it, at the same time, work toward alternates. meanwhile people afforadable gas. it would create extra jobs.with the economy so bad, who would complain about that?
  • by Harry Location: Rocky Mount on Jun 14, 2008 at 01:39 PM
    Drill! Build nuclear plants and go to to sign a petition that will go to the US Congress. It is years past time for these people in Washington to get off their backsides and get this thing moving! I also think it would be interesting to find out how many of the Senators and Represenatives have stock or other interests in the oil market. Perhaps an investigation would reveal why they have done nothing to aleviate this problem. Who knows, they may even be sold out to the oil lobbists. Yes I am being negative. It is hard for me to understand why the greatest nation on earth is being held hostage to soaring fuel prices.
  • by Ronald Jansen Location: Goldsboro on Jun 12, 2008 at 01:53 PM
    We need to find other energy sources but until then we need to drill wherever the oil is found. I lived in Alaska and watched the Caribou sleep and eat all along the pipe line and the oil fields. There is oil off of all three coasts, in Wyoming, Colorado and Alaska but we are no permitted to drill for it. With the new drilling technologies the "tree Huggers" have no case against drilling as it hurts nothing, it is all just politics. Maybe they are getting kickbacks from the Arabs as I suspect some of our politicians are. Now that it appears we may have even more liberals in the next 4 years maybe we need to invest in the horse drawn buggy business. I am sure that PETA would say the was cruel to the horses though

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