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Vulnerable to Libya

Recorded on March 1, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

As gasoline prices keep rising, the turmoil in Libya usually gets the blame.

But that misses the point, which is this: How has our oil supply line gotten so fragile?

For decades, federal policies that have closed off vast areas – such as ANWAR in Alaska—that could have prevented today's vulnerability to the crisis in Libya.

President Obama has shut down new drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, and a federal judge has held the Interior Department in contempt of court because of that. Other offshore drilling is blocked, as is exploration on vast areas of public lands, plus permits being pulled to stop other wells.

The next time you pay a steep price at the gas pump, remember that it didn't have to be this way. Today's prices reflect years of bad policies from Washington.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.