Nearly three-fourths of the 40 million acres of public land currently leased for oil and gas development in the continental United States outside Alaska isn't producing any oil or gas, federal records show, even as the Bush administration pushes to open more environmentally sensitive public lands for oil and gas development.
Morton said the leases, which companies can lock up for 10 years with annual rents of only $2 to $3 an acre, are an economic boon to some companies because they count as assets that can make debt refinancing easier while also attracting potential investors.
..Obama's team has already responded and is not about to let McCain take the high road on this.
The Obama campaign responds: "As Barack Obama has said before, the idea of joint town halls is appealing and one that would allow a great conversation to take place about the need to change the direction of this country. We would recommend a format that is less structured and lengthier than the McCain campaign suggests, one that more closely resembles the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas."
You must have missed Joe Scarborough and Pat Buchanan beating the "Obama is an elitist and has a white working class problem" drum for the last two months. Oh and did you miss the Rev. Wright coverage?
Obama has been cut NO slack in the media. Saying it is just making excuses for Hillary losing.