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Himes Would Drill in U.S. but Wants Alternatives

Maurico Morales feels the pain whenever he puts gasoline in his car. Seeing prices nearing $4 a gallon, Morales wants the United States to look into any measures, including domestic drilling, that will make filling up less draining on his wallet. “If we have the resources to do it here, why buy it from other countries?” said Morales, who works in New Canaan and commutes daily from Bridgeport. “We’ve got to keep trying.”

Morales appears to have an ally – although a lukewarm one -- in his congressman. Speaking to reporters from Main Street Connect on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Jim Himes said that he would support domestic drilling for oil, but with reservations. “I’d rather see [the U.S.] drilling for [natural] gas than for oil and for coal,” he said.

Citing last year’s massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast, Himes said he opposes additional offshore drilling in sensitive areas. He’s also against drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge area.

“I do think we need to move away from [drilling], but give me a choice between getting it here and importing it from Saudi Arabia and I’ll take getting it from here any day,” he said.

Katie Drinkwater, 29, of Greenwich, wants more Americans to have a better understanding of what domestic drilling will mean. “It’s best to educate the public about what the possibilities are for fuels.” Drinkwater added that it’s hypocritical for Americans to support drilling in foreign countries while being against it here. “We’ve been drilling elsewhere for years,” she said.

John Karl, 35, who recently moved back to New Canaan from Georgia, wants the U.S. to look more carefully at other options before doing new drilling. “Dollars need to go into alternative fuels,” he said.

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