And of course, more oil spills in the gulf or oil tankers running aground. And who couldn’t use more of those, right? I mean, why not open up 167 million acres of ocean from Delaware to Florida to extract oil from…even if you said you weren’t interested in doing that when you were running for President? But President Obama has a much different idea than candidate Obama did:
“It would have long term consequences for our coastlines but no short term benefits, because it would take at least 10 years to get any oil. Well the politics may have changed, but the facts haven’t.”
So, let’s hear it for more drilling that might take us 10-12 years to see a drop of oil from, will only provide about 3 years worth of the oil we consume at current rates (if anything at all), won’t do a thing to get us off foreign oil at all, could lead to more oil spills and environmental disasters (one major east coast hurricane would be an eco-nightmare), and will only serve to slow down research into energy alternatives at the Federal level.
As the NRDC said; “We need comprehensive solutions for America’s clean energy future — and more offshore drilling in our oceans does not fit in that picture. Offshore drilling carries significant environmental risks without truly increasing our energy independence. There are many areas that are just too sensitive for offshore drilling, which threatens our oceans, sea life and coastal communities; including economic interests in these areas. America has better solutions than to drill in our pristine waters — which needs more research and investigation — and we should be pursuing these options.”
Amen to that. This is not change I can believe in. Do we really need even more of this?
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