Debra J. Saunders

"You can have the toughest standards, but if it's an inappropriate place to drill and develop, you shouldn't do it," Hamilton responded. Maybe Hamilton's Sierra Club is right about these two sanctuaries. But in a state that consumes millions more gallons of gas than it produces, surely there is somewhere where it makes sense to start drilling.

In fact, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger could bid new state offshore oil leases to help close the expected $16 billion state budget deficit. It beats raising taxes and grousing about climbing gas prices without doing anything to help.

It's odd how the global-warming crowd styles itself as the fact-based side on environmental arguments. Yet for years, the greenies have argued that they can suppress supply, pass magic-wand regulations to develop imaginative technology -- and their policies will be great for the economy and create jobs. And then House Democrats blame everyone else for high gas prices -- as if they had nothing to do with it.

Debra J. Saunders

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