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Killing Keystone Won't Reduce Oil Use

In my column for the National Post I explain why ending the Keystone XL pipeline won't reduce the amount of oil people consume: The true locus of opposition to the pipeline is not Nebraska, but California, where big liberal environmentalist donors have seized on the pipeline as a talismanic …

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Written by David Frum on Saturday November 12, 2011

Choosing Our Energy Priorities

We want three things from our energy policy but we can achieve (at most) two at the same time: Energy that is cheap, energy that is secure, and energy that is clean. Human Eve nts offers a "Top 10" list of reasons to think that President Obama favors expensive energy. Here's number eight: …

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Written by David Frum on Monday June 27, 2011

Can the GOP Break Its Oil Addiction?

The House GOP wants to cut spending. Why then are they so reluctant to take on big oil's subsidies and tax breaks? The problem with intellectual inconsistency is that it usually comes back to bite you. The House Republican leadership is getting a painful lesson in this regard because of their …

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Written by David Jenkins on Friday April 29, 2011

Don't Bank Our Future on Oil We May Not Have

Advocates of more drilling often cite figures on America's unproven reserves to push their arguments. But relying on those figures could leave the U.S. in a bigger energy jam. Over the weekend, I noticed that an op-ed in Investor’s Business Daily took me to task for citing “proven” oil …

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Written by David Jenkins on Tuesday April 5, 2011

Hands Off Our Oil Reserves

Democrats in Congress are pushing Obama to tap our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to drive down pump prices. But the plan's a bad deal for taxpayers. Democrats in Congress are clamoring for President Obama to open the stopcocks at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and let the crude splash into the …

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Written by Jim DiPeso on Sunday March 6, 2011

The Lockerbie Bomber Story Continues to Unravel

The release of the Lockerbie bomber looks increasingly like a deceitful connivance between the British, the Scots and the Libyans. Meanwhile on this side of the Atlantic, an uncurious American press has accepted the Obama administration's account at face value. But given the level of lying in …

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Written by David Frum on Sunday September 6, 2009

Pique Oil

Ever since oil hit $147 a barrel last summer, analysts predicting "peak oil" - the point at which oil production begins sliding inexorably - have had a field day. Perhaps it's true, but the earth doesn't seem to want to cooperate, at least not yet. Case in point: BP yesterday announced the …

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Written by Gusher on Thursday September 3, 2009

Megrahi's Release: Another Shoe Drops

A news report today suggests that while the Obama administration was opposed to the release of al-Megrahi, it made clear that it was open to compromise - such as house arrest in Scotland - rather than implacably opposed, period. The yielding attitude of the Obama administration seems to have …

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Written by David Frum on Sunday August 30, 2009