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Arctic Drilling, The Meaning Of Middle Class, And Greendays Gardening

Steve Scher
09/18/2012 at 10:00 a.m.

What's The Future Of Drilling For Oil In Alaska? Shell Oil company says it will not drill for oil off the coast of Alaska until next year. The company has spent $4.5 billion since 2005 to obtain licenses to drill in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. But, a series of setbacks have shown how hard it is to tap Alaska's oil reserves. What does Shell's example mean for the future of drilling in Arctic waters?

What Does It Mean To Be A Middle–Class American? Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney recently said he thought the income of a middle–class American family was "$200,000–$250,000 and less." President Obama has used a similar measure, describing tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 as "tax cuts for the middle class." How do you define "middle class?" Is it all about money? Call and let us know at 206.543.5869.

Greendays Gardening Panel: Flowers, Vegetables And Native Plants: Our gardening panel joins us to answer your flower, vegetable and native plant questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 (KUOW) or toll free at 800.289.5869 (KUOW). You can also email Weekday.


Brad Plumer is a reporter at the Washington Post.

Willi Galloway is the host of the gardening and cooking website called Her book is "Grow, Cook, Eat."

Greg Rabourn is the Vashon basin steward and works on habitat restoration and salmon recovery on Vashon and Maury Islands. He also helps landowners in the Raging River and Patterson Creek watershed solve landscape problems sustainably. You can see him as co–host of King County TV's "Yard Talk."

Marty Wingate writes about gardens and travel. You can find her works at Her book is "Landscaping for Privacy."

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