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‘Intellectual Bankruptcy’, Dr. Krugman?

Paul Krugman’s op-ed, “Natural Born Drillers” (New York Times, March 15), purports to show with a hard look at the numbers why no thinking, perceptive person could possibly believe that “Drill, Baby, Drill” is a solution to the nation’s energy and economic woes: [G]iving the oil companies carte blanche isn’t a serious jobs program. Put it this way: Employment in oil and gas extraction has risen more than 50 percent since the middle of the last decade, but that amounts to only 70,000 jobs, around one-twentieth of 1 percent of total U.
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