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Eating America's Seed Corn

S.17 Wrote: Aug 23, 2012 11:44 AM
Mr. Hanson: "... the number of younger payers shrunk." Shrink, shrank, shrunk. Honey, I shrank the kids. "...the number of younger payers shrank." A "classicist" should know this. Now you do.

As gas prices climb back toward $4 a gallon, the Obama administration -- facing a tough re-election campaign and rising Middle East tensions -- is once again considering tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. For years, administrations have bought and stored oil for emergencies, in fear of a cutoff of imported oil, as happened during the Arab embargo of 1973-74.

But since 2009, the U.S. government has declared most federal lands off-limits to new oil and gas exploration -- despite vast recent finds of energy and radically new means to tap it. President Obama also canceled the most vital sections of the...