OffShore drilling is a bad idea. we have so much dessert that would not get negatively affected I am unclear as to why we have to ruin a vital ecosystem. without the ocean we are done. without trees we are done. without the polar caps we are done. whats left, the dessert and there’s plenty so have at it! why do they have to ruin that which cannot be fixed?
dessert? if there’s a spill its easily contained.
The comment by ‘Artisan33’ is a little strange. 1) Everything that the federal government might reasonably be doing in the Gulf of Mexico in response to an industrial accident is being done. New safeguards are evidently needed once the Macondo well has been capped. 2) If regulation of the oil industry has proven to be overly lax, that is surely because Republicans have insisted for years that the free market operates best without government interference. You cannot have it both ways. 3) Achieved nothing, more generally? What about health care reform, in a little over one year? If Artisan33 is interested in Mr Obama’s being effective (and I seriously doubt that he is), may I suggest that he encourage his GOP friends in Washington, D.C. to participate in governance. ‘No’ is becoming tiresome.
Response to ‘Steve C.’: Global oil production is at or close to peak. Annual production in the years ahead will gradually decline because new discoveries will be insufficient to offset the decreasing output from old fields. Most prospective onshore sedimentary basins were developed decades ago, particularly in the U.S., where production peaked in the early 1970s. The frontier for new discoveries worldwide is offshore. The deep Gulf of Mexico is our last best hope in the U.S. and, as we have discovered in the past month, it is technically demanding. There is no oil beneath U.S. deserts. The geology has been well studied.
I may lack the credentials of Mr. Christie-Blick, but I agree with his point. It’s hard to say how much President Obama can do to resolve this environmental catastrophe.
But what about PhD scientists? With so many such people around in this country, why can’t they unite to help Working Class America for once and solve this problem?
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