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30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The conflicting forces of the energy lobby and environmentalist groups. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.
This total unawareness of climate change in countries like Kenya that are and will be most vulnerable to it, and yet have barely contributed to it, completely jarred me.
Central New York journalist Tom Wilber, author of Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale, looks at the energy companies, landowners, scientists and politicians with stakes in the fracking controversy.
A June auction of over 38 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for drilling may look nice on the President's energy résumé, but leaves oil companies and Republicans wanting more.
President Barack Obama says Americans are getting hit twice - once at the gas pump, and once more by sending billions of dollars in tax subsidies to oil companies.
Incumbent parties tend to fare poorly in elections when consumers feel like they're paying an arm and a leg at the pump. But it's more complicated than that.
—Joe Stephens of the Washington Post on The Brian Lehrer Show
It's time to close the loopholes, it's time to close the deductions. It's time for Big Oil, the top five companies, to be part of the shared sacrifice of helping reduce the deficit.
— New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on The Brian Lehrer Show.