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Should Offshore Oil Drilling Be Banned In Light Of The Gulf Oil Spill?

The question we need to ask ourselves as a nation is; "At what cost does our energy come?" We have seen time and time again the effects of oil spills on our environment. Once again millions of gallons of oil have found their way into a coastal ecosystem and wrought disaster for wildlife and people alike. With multiple alternatives to petroleum perhaps itís time to stop fueling our machines with oil and move on to other forms of fuel. We are at a turning point where we need to decide how best to serve the long-term interests of our nation.

The costs of spills go far beyond ecological. The economic impact of oil spills can last for decades and even longer. With a spill of the size of the current spill it is likely that the gulf coast will not fully recover in our childrenís lifetimes. The fishing industry will not recover for decades. The marsh lands may never recover. The delicate ecosystem that lives along the gulf coast cannot simply be replaced. That ecosystem supports industries that employ the people of the gulf coast states and if it is permanently damaged those jobs are in permanent jeopardy. The economic health of our southern states depends in no small part on the environmental health of the coastal regions along the Gulf of Mexico.

With oil rigs sitting off the east and west coasts we have to consider what the effect would be if one or more of them failed in a manner similar to the failure of the BP rig. If one rig in the Gulf of Mexico can cause so much damage how much damage could multiple rigs along the California coast do if there were a simultaneous failure? Is the risk worth the gain? We know that oil is a finite resource that will eventually run out. Knowing that why should we risk economic and ecological disasters to pursue an unsustainable resource? Why not pour more resources into converting motors to running on sustainable fuels instead of fighting to stick with oil when we know the oil will eventually run out? The billions it will cost to clean up this one spill could have converted tens of thousands of vehicles to biodiesel or hydrogen. The waste of resources with no long-term gain is heartbreaking.

It is often the easy path that dominates our decision making. In the case of offshore drilling and oil dependency doing nothing is probably the easier path to take but it is not the wise path. We need to embrace the spirit of the Americans who took the harder path that led to innovation and American leadership in the world. People like Henry Ford and Thomas Edison did not take the easy road. They toiled long and hard to make their ideas reality and the benefits of their labors are felt to this day in America. We need to once again take on the arduous task of reinventing the American economy without oil dependence. The time has come for a new industrial revolution to redefine progress for another century of American leadership. Oil is the fuel of the past. Oil has no future and therefore should have no place in Americaís long-term energy plans.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom | Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Click icon to Digg this article



Get Involved

Do you sit and yell at the TV when politicians come on? Do you shake your head sadly whenever you see a homeless veteran? Is that all you tend to do?

It's time to put up or shut up America. We all love to talk about how we could do things better or how we would do it if we were in charge. Well, it's time to put your money where your mouth is. If you can think of it, you can write it down. If you can write it down, you can type it. If you can type it, you can e-mail it and if you can e-mail it, you can send it here.

We at Reform America are committed to giving voice to anyone who wants to put their ideas out there to make our nation a better place. As the readership grows, we are able to take those views to a wider and wider audience. Grassroots campaigns begin with voices speaking out. You have opinions. Voice them. We aren't about conservative or liberal. We aren't about pro-this or anti-that. We're about Americans and the First Amendment. Reform America is about politics by, for and of the people. You are the people. You only need to speak up. America is listening. Send your article to: stories@reform-america.net



Have You Been Downsized Due to Outsourcing?

For several years now we have listened to some within the business community tell us that America can't compete on a global scale unless they send our jobs overseas where they can be done cheaper. The question becomes, if we don't have good paying jobs here, how can we sustain our own economy? We want to hear from you. Have you lost your job? Have you been forced into a lower wage job due to outsourcing? Has outsourcing been a success for you? Did you end up in a better job?

Tell us your story so we can make sure the politicians see how outsourcing really impacts the workers who are backbone of America. Send your story to stories@reform-america.net





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