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Mess in Texas: Holding Big Oil Accountable in the Lone Star State

In unincorporated West Texas, where oil derricks dominate the landscape, locals aren't sure about "drill, baby, drill" anymore.

As I approach Midland, Texas from the southeast the rolling hills give way to large, engine-revving trucks, their menacing grills reflecting the setting sun into my rearview mirror. The asphalt beneath my white Toyota Corolla seems to be melting into the petroleum-laden ground from which it had emerged: Not even the road was prepared for the heavy vehicles that showed up with the recent oil and gas boom.

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As Gas Prices Hit a Record High This Weekend, How to Keep Fuel Costs Down

You're not the only one feeling pain at the pump this weekend. But the best way to keep fuel costs down isn't drilling.

As you can see in the chart above, gas prices during this Memorial Day weekend are the highest they've been in over ten years. You'll notice that the group responsible for the chart isn't a proponent of expanding offshore drilling or stripping the E.P.A. or Interior Departments of regulatory authority over oil lease permits. Rather, they're a group that is advocating for higher fuel efficiency standards.

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House Passes Offshore Drilling Legislation, But It Won't Lower Gas Prices at All

Even George W. Bush's economics adviser says that the act passed today in the House won't bring down the price of gas.

This afternoon, the House passed legislation that will fast-track lease sales for offshore oil production.

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