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Letter: Don't punish oil companies

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With rising gas prices and widely reported record profits in the oil industry, there's plenty of anger at major oil companies right now, especially in Congress. But does acting on that anger make for smart, responsible energy policy? Will it lead to the kind of legislation likely to bring down high pump prices? The answer is a clear no, and in fact there's a strong track record showing that Washington's "let's punish big oil" instinct ends up hurting consumers instead.

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