Thursday, July 24, 2008

Why So Much Push for Offshore Drilling?

Now is a pivotal time for you to care about offshore drilling. Why? Because with the gas prices over $4.00 a gallon a lot of people, including you and your family, are feeling the economic crunch every time you go to the pump. And the knee-jerk reaction is asking for you to possibly support your U.S. senator in expanding offshore drilling, but think again before you say yes.

As of July 24, 2008, Republicans on the hill were threatening to block nearly all bills if the Democrats don't vote with them in expanding offshore drilling and oil speculation. The Republicans want to score political points for appearing to do something about energy. But the Democrats and environmentalists say that such oil drilling expansion and speculation not only wouldn't potentially benefit us for another 10 years but also drills in areas previously off limits due to significant environmental impacts.

According to a July 24, 2008 article from The Hill, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said "Our goal is to stay on the subject that the American people are demanding that we do something about and finish the job." But what job is that? To help us for the long term? or just to get political brownie points for the short term's November election, with a public that knows very little about how energy is found, made, exploited, and consumed? Democrats, too, are feeling the political pressure with the Wall Street Journal reporting that they made a call to increase oil supplies by asking that 70 million barrels of crude oil from the nation's strategic oil reserves be released; but this would not improve our long-term oil situation either.

However, you can help in all this. Instead of adding to the whip lash, you can write your senator and tell him or her that you would like an energy bill to
  • not expand drilling or oil speculation

  • increase incentives for development and distribution of 2nd-generation alternative fuels that do NOT cut into our food supply -- see my July 19, 2008 posting; also fuel cell (hydrogen) and electric are excellent options for the best alternative fuels

  • impose a more strict cap-and-trade emissions program that would force current oil production to reduce their impact on the environment and instead invest in more renewable and responsible fuel production

  • increase the minimum mile per gallon requirements for vehicles

  • improve incentives for manufacturers and consumers who make and purchase vehicles with more fuel-efficient, fuel-sustainable, and fuel-responsible options

By changing what we buy in both vehicles and how they are fueled, this is the more responsible and sustainable approach to the current madness.

We are in the midst of change, coupled with massive economic pressures. Only the people can push for reason at this time. Who better than moms.

1 comment:

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