Confirmation at last that the “pristine” wilderness is looking a lot less pristine these days than it used to. Note that the swing towards expanded exploration in general is even more dramatic, to the point of a near-majority. Couple that with 52% of the public laughing at Harry Reid’s hyperventilation about sickness from oil and coal and Maverick’s got a gimme. Assuming, of course, he’s not too stupid to take it.


Follow the first link up top and scroll down to see which two groups have swung most sharply towards increased exploration since February. Exit question: How likely is this issue to shift votes, really? If gas prices get much worse, Obama will simply do what Obama does and flip-flop merrily towards the middle.