Oiling the wheels

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THE Spanish multinational Repsol refused to abandon plans to prospect for oil off the Canary Islands.

Despite the efforts of Paulino Rivero, regional president of Canarias, this is a David versus Goliath situation where Goliath is odds-on favourite. The public back Rivera but wouldn’t if petrol stations ran dry: nimbies – those who say “not in my backyard” – usually drive cars.

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