Offshore Drilling’s Future in America
This week, the Obama administration announced a plan for the future of offshore drilling in the United States. (story) The proposal opens up offshore waters in parts of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as along parts of Alaska coastline. However, it restricts development of rigs along parts of the Atlantic and Pacific continental coastlines. This compromise has come under fire from both sides for not taking a strong enough stance. Albeit, in an political era so known for difficulties in finding middle ground, isn’t this an example of the ‘compromise’ that we all are seeking?
Craig: It’s not a huge secret, I am usually one to be critical of most actions taken by the Obama administration. With that said, I think this is an example of his office finding the right balance between partisan interests. Do we all wish to be less dependent on foreign oil? Yes. Does this accomplish that goal? To some degree. Do we all wish to take steps to preserve the rich environmental systems of our planet and country? Of course. Does this accomplish that goal? To some degree. Ultimately, I think this a proposed resolution that can feel like a victory for both the energy sector and conservationists.
Matt: It’s about time we’ve taken some steps to begin our offshore drilling. I’m much more concerned with the economic benefits of drilling than the status of some endangered, horned beetle. As far as the “compromise” goes, it’s both a blessing and a curse for Obama. It marks the beginning of a phase we should have entered years ago, but it also won’t do anything to help the President’s poll numbers. In an age where political approval is determined by two polar opposite sides, only extreme opinions gather results. The nation has a silent middle, and that’s just a fact.