offshore oil drilling
A sad and ironic post for the day after Earth Day â€“ the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil rig that caught fire on Tuesday and sank yesterday is still a serious concern for the Coast Guard, NOAA and potentially for dozens of endangered species.
The Coast Guard continues to search for the missing 11 crew members while cleanup efforts have begun. An oily sheen covers the water where the rig used to stand, probably related to the fire and onboard activity as the rig sank. While it is contained for now, BP Vice President David Rainey said "it certainly has the potential to be a major spill." BP PLC operates the license on which the rig was drilling.
Very funny, Mr. President, but tomorrow is April Foolâ€™s, not today. We canâ€™t imagine that youâ€™d go back on your promise to keep the moratorium on offshore drilling.
President Obama announced today that he will open much of the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to offshore drilling. This includes areas that were previously protected and fragile Arctic ecosystems â€“ places where itâ€™s unnecessary and destructive to drill, but it seems that the President must know that.
I say that because I remember the speech Obama gave during the 2008 campaign in Florida. He was attacking Senator McCainâ€™s proposal to expand offshore drilling, and he said, â€śIt would have long-term consequences for our coastlines but no short-term benefits since it would take at least ten years to get any oilâ€¦ It will take a generation to reach full productionâ€¦When Iâ€™m President I intend to keep in place the moratorium here in Florida and around the country.â€ť