Offshore Energy Drilling Might Be a Reality
Matt | On 31, Mar 2010
President Obama announced today at Andrews Air Force Base that he is lifting a ban on offshore energy drilling, particularly in the mid and south Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The administration will be studying some areas of the Arctic, near Alaska, to see if they can possibly be drilled as well.
Before you start doing jumping jacks for lower prices at the gas station, let me explain a few things. Obama is opening up these areas for drilling because he is trying to get Republican support for some upcoming climate change legislation. That law would limit the amount of greenhouse gases that the U.S. can emit each year – a very tough subject in this country.
Also, some Republicans actually support this expanded drilling here at home because it limits our dependence on foreign oil. I know for a fact that environmentalists are NOT going to be pleased with this announcement. They don’t want you to strip Mother Earth of anything. Hell, just us living in an industrialized society is raping her of enough of her resources. Expect some tree-hugging protests in D.C. as a result. LOL .. I digress .. I really do love the environmentalists.
Finally, the U.S. is still (hopefully) on a path to using cleaner energy sources (i.e., non-oil and natural gas). It’s just that we are going to need a lot more energy before we get to the wind, solar, and corn-powered world of our dreams.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) says Obama’s plan still doesn’t go far enough because the GOP wants all parts of the U.S. open to drilling. I’m beginning to think there is nothing, not even Christ himself, that can please some Republicans. **shaking my head**