Should offshore oil drilling be allowed?

Oil drilling is the commercial activity of drilling for, and exploiting subterranean petroleum or hydrocarbon resources. For decades there has been a federal moratorium on new offshore oil drilling for much of the continental United States. In September 2008, under pressure by high oil prices and the status of drilling as a Presidential campaign issue, Congress refrained from renewing the ban and allowed it to sunset.

In early December, likely voters say continuing offshore ban on oil drilling will hurt economy. The Obama administration announced last week that it is continuing the ban on offshore oil and gas drilling along the Eastern seaboard and in the eastern portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Most voters (54%) expect that decision to drive up gas prices and hurt the economy.

3 Responses to “Should offshore oil drilling be allowed?”

  1. brandon c Says:

    Exactly. Unless you would like to see higher gas prices hurting the economy offshore drilling is a good thing. I really don’t understand the safety fears of people just because we had one little accident recently. There are at least 4000 other wells in the Gulf, probably more which have been drilled without incident. Drilling safely is not beyond our technical capabilities. BP has accepted liability for the mistake and will be gunshy about that kind of liability in the future as will other companies.
    Opponents often say that it will take 10 years to bring wells online if we start exploring now with the implication that it is too long to bother with. I say that just means we had better get started ASAP.

  2. Bill C Says:

    I believe that for the foreseeable future we will need oil. Unfortunately, there isn’t too much oil here in the United States, so we are almost forced to pursue offshore drilling in order to have any sort of domestic oil supply. I think its better than funding other countries who don’t have the United States interests in mind.

    A long term goal is to reduce the amount of oil necessary for the US by promoting wind, hydroelectric, solar, and nuclear power sources. If we could switch every automobile on the road out with a hydrogen or electric version, we wouldn’t need to send $750B a year over seas.

  3. hoe Says:

    your stupid