Editorial: OCS collision looms

Now is not the time for Congress and the oil and gas industry to press for leasing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Next March would be better.A collision looms between national interests and Florida’s opposition to assessment and development of the nation’s hydrocarbon resource off its coast. If the clash happens now the Floridian congressional delegation and state government can too easily claim exploitation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. While production losses from the storms do highlight the need for more energy from new places, they don’t tell the whole story.Winter fuelsBy March, especially if winter is normally cold or colder, that story will have more poignancy a...

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