Eric Smith

Professor of Political Science, UC Santa Barbara

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Professor of Political Science Professor at the University of California Santa Barbara, specializing in environmental politics

Eric Smith on KCRW

The price of oil crossed the $100-a-barrel threshold at the first of this year. Last week, it hit a record $147, then dropped below $130. But it's creeping up again today.

To Drill or Not to Drill

The price of oil crossed the $100-a-barrel threshold at the first of this year. Last week, it hit a record $147, then dropped below $130. But it's creeping up again today.

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Offshore oil drilling is almost an abstract issue in California, except
in Long Beach and Santa Barbara, where giant rigs dominate the scenery.    Now the high price of gasoline has…

Is California Ready to Rethink Offshore Oil Drilling?

Offshore oil drilling is almost an abstract issue in California, except in Long Beach and Santa Barbara, where giant rigs dominate the scenery.   Now the high price of gasoline has…

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