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Why is offshore drilling so bad?

Obama wants to ban it - why?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:46 AM on Nov. 10, 2008 in Politics & Current Events

Answers (30)
  • I think it's due to the impact on the ocean environment.

    Answer by flutterfae at 9:50 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • it's not so bad. especially today when we have so much technology to do it efficiently and cleanly. obama wants alot of things, we conservatives need to get together seriously to ensure he doesn't get half of what he wants or half of what he promised.

    Answer by JumpingHoops at 9:51 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • It's not "bad". It is, however, a short-term fix to a long-term problem.

    Answer by DusterMommy at 9:53 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • he doesn't want to ban it he just wants to make sure we're doing it safely and properly.

    Answer by heatherama at 10:08 AM on Nov. 10, 2008


    it's also important to remember that whatever we drill up we must place into the global market. we don't get to keep all of that oil in the US.

    Answer by heatherama at 10:12 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • a) Even with all of our technology, there is always the possibility of dumping oil in the ocean.
    b) A steady stream of pollution from offshore rigs causes a wide range of health and reproductive problems for fish and other marine life.
    c) The amount of oil that would be found offshore, even by U.S. government estimates, is statistically negligible in a global market and wouldn’t save gasoline consumers more than a few pennies on the gallon, if anything. The environmental risks of new drilling, such as oil spills, aren’t worth the small payback to the American pocketbook.

    Answer by Rachelou at 10:21 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

    he's against domestic drilling not only for oil but for natural gas also. where do you think your natural gas for heating your home during the winter time is coming from? a magic pipe under the ground? i've said it before, i work for the natural gas co. where i live, and we have spent over 2 weeks dealing with obama and his plans, and how we as a company are even going to be able to afford to provide our customers with gas next winter ( 09-10) let alone the fact they won't be able to afford it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:21 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • d) Even without an oil spill, offshore drilling would dump more than 90,000 metric tons of drilling fluid and metal cuttings into the ocean
    e) It will likely take more than a decade to find offshore reservoirs, drill the wells and bring the oil to market. In that amount of time we should be more reliant on alternate energy technology.
    f) Oil is an increasingly finite resource, and quick-fix supply-side solutions distract the United States from what it really needs to be doing: investing heavily in clean fuels. After all, what are we going to do when the small amount of offshore oil runs out?

    Answer by Rachelou at 10:26 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • Even if we did find the mother load of oil off our coasts, it would most likely go on the global market rather than support energy independence at home.

    Answer by Rachelou at 10:28 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

  • I want my children to grow up in a country where they can enjoy a day at the beach without having to look at big ugly offshore oil rigs. You think you won't be able to see them?? Check out the picture on this link:



    Answer by Rachelou at 10:30 AM on Nov. 10, 2008

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