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The Gulf Oil Spill: Is Energy Independence Or Environmental Preservation More Important?: Left of Center View

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that offshore drilling is not safe. Tens of thousands of gallons of oil are spilling into the gulf each day with the toxic sludge moving closer and closer to the beaches of America’s southern coastal regions. Tar balls have already begun to wash up on the beaches and fish are already dying from the oil in the water. This is an environmental disaster that very well may dwarf the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

The oil drilling platform that exploded and caused this disaster was exempted from inspection before the spill because the governing agencies decided that the risk of a disaster of this type was so remote that it didn’t make sense to spend much time verifying that the facility was safe. There were no concerns that this could happen despite years of warnings from environmental experts and the former oil industry workers that warned of this type of disaster being possible. In 2003 a similar oil rig owned by BP had a pipe burst under the surface causing a massive oil spill. It has been known that this type of thing can happen and yet nothing has been done to make sure it didn’t. By their own admission in 2004 BP was not prepared for a major incident of this nature.

What we can take away from this is that oil drilling is not safe and needs to stop. We need to focus on developing alternative fuel vehicles and finding a way to replace gasoline in existing vehicles. We can no longer afford to take the risks associated with drilling for oil. While BP is the focus of this disaster the problem of companies not being prepared for disasters of this nature is industry wide. According to a Wall Street Journal article in the two decades that deep water drilling has been prevalent it has been fraught with problems. According to the article; "Since last July, one brand-new deepwater rig—among the 40 or so operating in at least 1,000 feet of water in the Gulf—was swept by fire. Another lost power and started to drift, threatening to detach from the wellhead. Poor maintenance at a third deepwater well led to a serious gas leak, according to regulatory records."

It is abundantly clear that offshore drilling is not safe. The oil companies cannot be trusted to drill in a safe manner. By most accounts there is no safe way to drill for oil offshore. The oil companies only care about profits and will not ever put safety ahead of money. It’s time for the American people to wake up and face reality. Offshore oil drilling is not safe and the dangers of drilling far outweigh any benefits of having more domestic oil. We need to focus on alternative energy now and stop the drilling forever.


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The Gulf Oil Spill: Is Energy Independence Or Environmental Preservation More Important?: Right of Center View

Accidents happen. Nobody wants to see a massive oil spill damaging our beaches or hurting the fishing industry. That is a given. Whether you are coming from the left or the right you have no desire to see our environment damaged by any pollutant. That being said, we need energy independence in America and offshore drilling is a part of that. It is not only a matter of economic survival for our country but also a matter of national security.

It has been shown conclusively that many of the terrorists that threaten the safety of American interests get much of their funding from Middle Eastern oil producers. Countries like Iran and Saudi Arabia make billions of dollars from American consumers then turn around and send millions to terrorist organizations determined to kill Americans. By buying foreign oil we are in fact funding the terrorists trying to kill us. To defeat the terrorists we need to cut off their funding and to do that we need to replace foreign oil with domestically produced fuels including oil from under the oceans along our borders.

In addition to the issues of security are the economic issues associated with relying on foreign providers of energy resources. As a nation we are exporting billions of American dollars each year to pay for our energy needs. This model removes money from our economy and strengthens the economies of nations that are often hostile towards us. That weakening of our economy increases unemployment and makes economic recovery that much harder to achieve for the American workers. We simply cannot afford to turn away from domestic oil production even if that means we occasionally have to experience some unfortunate accidents that damage the environment.

What can be done is to make sure that we have safeguards in place to make sure that companies build safer rigs that avoid spills like the current disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. It is clear that the rig that blew up in the gulf had some safety issues that could have been avoided if the rig had been inspected more thoroughly more often. We do need to make sure the rigs are safe and have devices in place that can shut the oil flow down at any point in the flow from the sea bed to the pumps that pump from the rig to the ships that deliver the oil to the refineries. This disaster has shown that we need safer oil rigs but we don’t need to stop drilling. We cannot afford to stop drilling for oil. Energy independence is vital to the survival of America. The time may come when we don’t need oil anymore but that day is not yet here and it is better that we produce our own oil than that we spend billions each year for foreign oil that weakens our economy and supports our enemies.

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A Legal Immigrant’s Perspective

If you are not a Native American, you are an immigrant, so am I. I came legally to this country at the age of five with my parents who worked hard, paid taxes (even Jesus paid taxes), lived by the rules of this great nation and never took or accepted a penny from the government. We came seeking FREEDOM from a communist country. It was months before we were able to enter the US legally. I remember us getting medical exams, shots (small pox), background check, references, and going through numerous interviews once we arrived. I also remembered people coming to the US from all over the world who waited years since it was based on "Quotas". Read more...

Solving Our Immigration Problem

The major problem our country is facing with illegal immigrants today is because of the exploitation of these immigrants. We believe the solution to this problem is two-fold. First, we should allow more immigrants in this country to cut down on the number of illegal ones. Second, all immigrants should be educated about their rights at the expense of the government. Below, you will find an in-depth look at our suggested reforms.

Reforms for immigration limitations:

-New immigrants can't equal more than 1% of the US population in a given year (the population being from the last recorded census). That 1% will be further divided up to allow only a certain number of immigrants each month.
-Each country of origin for immigrants will be allowed a certain percentage of that 1%. No country could receive more than 10% of the total amount and no country can receive less than .1% of it. The left over percentage will be divided up between all countries as follows: Read more...

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally “The Race” in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isn’t really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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