Monday, June 23, 2008

Pros/Cons Of Offshore Oil Drilling

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Over the next few months, no one issue will be debated more in the halls of Congress and by the American people than offshore oil drilling in Florida and California. For 30 years, federal law has forbidden U.S. oil companies from drilling for crude oil in these locations, but last week – John McCain and then President Bush stated their desire to repeal the law the forbids offshore drilling in the United States. High gas prices are causing most Americans to rethink our green strategy when it comes to the search for and pumping of crude oil here in the United States. Of course, there are environmentalist that never want to see another oil drilling platform off the coast of this country and that is the reason there will be a huge debate about this issue all summer long.

There are many issues that make offshore oil drilling a political 'hot potato' for politicians in Washington. On the pro side of this debate, there is the unmistakable truth that the United States needs to produce more of our own crude oil, so we are not so dependent on foreign imports. However, the biggest pro of them all is that with gas prices heading ever closer to $5 per gallon, the U.S. economy is growing more sluggish every single day. All Americans realize that a poor preforming economy means that few raises and potential job layoffs could be just around the corner if high gas prices continue to put pressure on Americans biggest job creator, small businesses. Also, it just makes good sense that Americans not outsource our energy supply to nations that hate us in the first place. The only short term solution to this problem is to allow more oil exploration within the United States.

On the cons side of offshore oil drilling the issues revolve more around emotion than financial necessity. The biggest con I see to offshore oil drilling is that no one wants to be looking at an offshore oil rig when they go out to the beach on a sunny afternoon. In addition to the unsightly nature of looking out into the ocean and seeing an oil rig instead of clear blue water, there is a possibility that either through negligence or because of severe weather that an oil rig could start leaking crude oil into the ocean. As we have all seen after previous oil spills, the damage to nature is massive and also clean up efforts are never 100% complete when millions of barrels of crude oil first spill into the water and then eventually wash up on nearby beaches. The biggest con to offshore oil drilling is the potential of what a major oil spill would do the the ocean and to the surrounding beaches and wildlife that live there.

It is easy to see why environmentalist do not want to allow offshore oil drilling, but it is even easily for me to see why most Americans want it because of record high gas prices. While there are many other pros and cons to offshore oil drilling that I have not listed here, the decision on whether or not to drill offshore in the United States will come down to whether the Congress and President are more interested in the environment or will the severe economic issues of the day control their decision? I think most of us know who will lose this fight in the end. It will be the environmentalist and the 'green movement'. Over the history of this country, it has always been economic issues that have rule the day and with high gas prices putting a strain on average Americans – once again it will be the environmental/green movement that will be tossed aside in order to meet the short term energy needs of the United States. (Discuss offshore oil drilling in my forum)

Title: Pros/Cons Of Offshore Oil Drilling
Written: June 23 2008
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