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Obama opens new oil drilling offshore in climate drive

<p>Members of the Alaska delegation, wearing hard hats calling for more oil drilling in their state, wait for the start of the second session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>

Members of the Alaska delegation, wearing hard hats calling for more oil drilling in their state, wait for the start of the second session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Members of the Alaska delegation, wearing hard hats calling for more oil drilling in their state, wait for the start of the second session of the 2008 Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota September 2, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Segar

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<p>President Barack Obama arrives to make remarks on energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>

President Barack Obama arrives to make remarks on energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama arrives to make remarks on energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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<p>The Noble Clyde Boudreaux semi-submersible drilling rig is shown being towed to sea to its destination at the Shell Oil-operated Perdido Regional Development spar, in this publicity photo from Shell Oil released to Reuters March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Shell/Handout</p>

The Noble Clyde Boudreaux semi-submersible drilling rig is shown being towed to sea to its destination at the Shell Oil-operated Perdido Regional Development spar, in this publicity photo from Shell Oil released to Reuters March 31, 2010....more

The Noble Clyde Boudreaux semi-submersible drilling rig is shown being towed to sea to its destination at the Shell Oil-operated Perdido Regional Development spar, in this publicity photo from Shell Oil released to Reuters March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Shell/Handout

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<p>President Barack Obama speaks about energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque</p>

President Barack Obama speaks about energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

President Barack Obama speaks about energy security at Joint Base Andrews Naval Air Facility Washington March 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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<p>Harold Duggan, of Indiana, enjoys some final rays of sunshine at Virginia Beach September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Win McNamee</p>

Harold Duggan, of Indiana, enjoys some final rays of sunshine at Virginia Beach September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Win McNamee

Harold Duggan, of Indiana, enjoys some final rays of sunshine at Virginia Beach September 17, 2003. REUTERS/Win McNamee

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<p>Workers drill for oil at an oil derrick in Los Angeles October 24, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Workers drill for oil at an oil derrick in Los Angeles October 24, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Workers drill for oil at an oil derrick in Los Angeles October 24, 2006. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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