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  • Oil and governance

    Oil and governance

    By Kerri Battles, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
    Published: April 23, 2012

    With dissatisfaction about U.S. energy policies on the rise, university experts explain how much control the U.S. government really has over gas prices.

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      Kyle Warne said on July 5, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.
      Since from the last few years we witnessed the rising amount in fuel price, therefore most of the countries are liable to take few steps in regards to control the price of fuel which ultimately effect the whole economy of any country, so the battle in between oil and governance still going on until both haven't found any permanent solution on these issues.
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      James Miller said on April 24, 2012 at 9:28 p.m.
      I am always concerned when I read sentences like this: "What we found was that there is no evidence that fracturing came anywhere close to getting anything into the shallow ground water." There are examples now of where fracturing has poluted the ground water. Also, I grew up in Missouri and there was "no evidence" that spraying pesticides on the crops (corn and soybeans) caused health hazards. But, many of my neighbors died of cancer and almost everyone there will tell you that it was the pesticides. The results of contaminated ground water is nearly permanent. I would rather hear that extensive research had been done to ensure and protect the ground water, and that there is oversight in place to verify that no leakage is happening. There should also be plans for how to quickly limit the damage if leaks are detected. Natural gas can be a great asset to our country and I support it's "safe" use. I also recognize the importance of spending the money needed to do extensive research and development on solar, wind, geothermal, and other green energies. The issues we are addressing include enhanced national security, improved economy, and increased numbers of jobs for our country.