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Risks can be high to 'drill, baby, drill'

There was a good reason why past U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush for most of his presidency, didn't support offshore drilling in protected waters along America's coasts: The limited reward of drilling doesn't justify the potential risks to the environment. An oil spill, such as the one now moving inland along the Gulf Coast, can cause catastrophic damage to fishing and tourism industries, which are worth much more than the relatively small amount of oil that the drilling can produce. So will Sarah Palin lead the crowd in a round of "drill, baby, drill" when she appears at Intrust Bank Arena tonight?