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The energy election

John McCain and Barack Obama both want the US to buy less foreign oil. Will the Republicans' wish to open the country's offshore to drillers make a difference? Derek Brower reports

"DRILL, BABY, drill," rang the spontaneous chant of delegates at last month's Republican Party convention in Minnesota. If their man is elected president in November, the baying crowd will get what it wants. For John McCain, the issue is straightforward: the US has plenty of oil and gas waiting to help solve the country's energy problem – so let the companies at it. "John McCain will commit our country to expanding domestic oil and gas exploration," runs a statement of his policy on his electoral website. "The federal moratorium on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) stands in the way of energy exploration and production. John McCain believes it is time for the federal government

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