Has the Gulf Oil Spill Affected Your Stance on Increasing Domestic Drilling?

| 5/5/2010 4:50:26 PM

Tags: Gulf oil spill, domestic oil, offshore drilling, question to readers,

We recently posted a poll to find out if or how news of the Gulf oil spill is affecting your opinion on increasing domestic drilling — and 320 of you responded! Of the options provided, the answer “Renewables will take time. I’d rather use domestic oil while we work toward all-renewables” got the most votes, with  43.6 percent or 157 votes. Continuing to rely on foreign oil (to prevent further damage to domestic ecological systems) received the fewest votes. (You can see the full results below.)  

Of course, that was a couple of weeks ago, and since then news of the spill and its potential to possibly surpass even the Exxon Valdez spill of 1989 in catastrophic wildlife loss and other environmental damage has only gotten worse. Whether you're concerned about human health, wildlife, water system health, jobs, the food supply, the economy, oil prices, or any of the other areas affected by such a spill, this event will no doubt bring significant, if not devastating, effects.  

While the poll gives us a picture of what you’re thinking, it’s limiting in that you can only choose from the options offered. So we want to know, in your words, if your opinion about increasing domestic oil exploration and drilling has changed in light of the event and, if so, why? 


In light of the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, what do you think about the talk of opening more U.S. drilling operations? 

Total Votes: 360
John G_3
5/26/2010 5:06:27 PM

This is a wake up call. The worlds love affaire with HydroCarbons needs to end! Our dependence on the cumbustion engine is arcane and antiquated, all based on two industries that have taken us by the nads and squeezed every penny they can get to make themselves multibillion dollar corporations. Now we have bailed out the auto industry on one hand and have been lied to and royaly screwed by the otehr side of the coin, the oil industry! Isn't it enough, have we come so far only to be so blind! I grew up in an oil family with a grandfather who worked for Exxon's refinery for 49 years. He never drove to work, in all those years rain or shine, he rode a bicycle. I remember cars that would run on anything but water disappearing on the shelf of the Oil industry never to be seen again. Carburetors that got a hunderd miles to the gallon, gone in to the dust bevause of greedy oil men. It's time, who will be stand up and once and for all demand change!! The era of an economy doomed to fail based on hydrocarbons is at an end. We must accept it's fate and move on to better things!

Glen Graham
5/12/2010 1:18:17 PM

"And why would we even risk such a thing? So we can have cheap gas to drive our gas-guzzling SUV's to the grocery store?" - you've got it in one. Today I watched like every day, parents in cars bringing thier kids to my kids school from less than half a mile away - I know those cars then turn around and go straight back home. In summer the parents sit waiting outside the school at the end of the day, windows closed and engines running purely to power the aircon - (I just open a window!) so you are quite right, in those people's minds, the cost is justifed for their comfort I'm afraid, and that's why the little bit folks like us try and do is swamped by what the other 90% of the public are doing. That's not being self-righteous, it's just being realistic. Imagine the mess when they start drilling in the Arctic regions - because it *will* happen eventualy, depsite the treaties, because folks want their aircon and their 1/4 mile drives to the store! I've always said, I can imagine our great grandchildren shaking their heads in disbelief when they are told what "important" things we used all the oil up for!

5/11/2010 8:23:10 PM

My position has not changed on oil drilling. I am against new oil drilling. I see no reason why my position should change. As for existing drilling, there are upgrades which will give more opturtunities to shut off the oil in of an emergency. These upgrades should be implimented on existing wells. All the alternative transportation fuels which have been proposed have problems. I don't think any should be implimented at this time. We will continue to use foreign and domestic oil for the foreseeable future. As for transportation, we should be focusing on CAFE (gas mileage) and ISTEA (highway bill) for ways of reducing consumption. "The science does not support the hype" is not true. The jury is in. Global warming is real and caused by man. Reducing CO2 emissions should be our top priority. I get around via foot, bicycle, bus, train, and an 80 cc Honda scooter. It gets 100 mpg.

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