Behind the GOP Strategy to Hit Obama on Energy Policy
Think that America's energy problems and high gas prices aren't changing perceptions among independents, even among liberals? Think again. According to a new Pew survey, as many liberals (45%) as conservatives (48%) now believe that energy exploration - including mining and drilling, as well as the construction of new power plants - is a more important priority for energy policy than increased conservation and regulation. Among liberals, it's an unheard of 23 point shift in preferences since just February of this year and as depicted at left, there's been a 15 point shift among moderates.
With the huge change in public perceptions on energy, it's no surprise that last week the Republican National Committee ran its very first independent expenditure ad touting the "balanced" approach of McCain in "standing up to his party" to back energy conservation and exploration while Obama has "Said No" to nuclear energy and off-shore production.
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- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
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On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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