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Should the U.S. expand offshore oil drilling?

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Oil Drilling Poll Results

Yes

6,150,885 votes

62%

No

3,421,973 votes

34%

Distribution of answers submitted by America.

3 Yes answers
2 No answers
2 overlapping answers

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In 1990 President George H.W. Bush passed an executive order banning all offshore drilling in U.S. coastal waters. In response to rising gas prices in 2008 President George W. Bush lifted the ban. Currently, there are 3,500 offshore oil rigs, 79 of which are deep water wells.  See recent oil drilling news

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Should we prospect for gold on Mars? Should we mine the already abundant resources we have with current technologies. Should we only eat green eggs and ham? The word "we" assumes that "we" are making an intelligent decision via consensus. "We" cannot decide. 6mons ago from a Republican in Addison, TX.

I don't have enough information to make an educated guess. 6mons ago from a Libertarian in Denver, CO.

Don't add anymore offshore Oil Drilling and when oil is depleted in that location then remove the oil rigs. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Riverview, FL.

Yes, to create jobs- but no, and maintain our current ones but keep a limit to up keep the environment. 6mons ago from a Republican in Wooldridge, MO.

Incentivize the private sector to develop alternative forms of energy and end all offshore Oil Drilling. 6mons ago from a Green in Machias, ME.

Nationalize the energy sector and develop alternative forms of energy. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Lemon Grove, CA.

No, because we already have a huge oil supply that is nowhere near empty and the idea of running low on oil is only there as an excuse to drastically increase the price of oil. 6mons ago from a Libertarian in Richland, WA.

We should open up the thousands of the gas and oil wells that have been capped over the years. I used to work in the oil field and I know that there is enough gas and oil in the United States to last the world thousands of years. 6mons ago from a Republican in Altoona, IA.

Regulate and let the free market determine the business viability of offshore drilling given the costly safety assurances and liabilities associated. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Dallas, TX.

Improve the technology first. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Philadelphia, PA.

Ont know. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Old Town, ME.

Oil driling should be done on land whenever possible. Offshore driling kept to a minimum. Grew up in Santa Barbara and saw the 1969 oil spill there. 6mons ago from a Republican in Arlington, TX.

Not without more environmental research and built-in safety measures & funding designed to protect and quickly cleanup in the event of spills/earthquakes or equipment failures. 6mons ago from a Democrat in Camp Verde, AZ.

No, because we have enough oil already in the country. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in East Petersburg, PA.

Allow drilling but make environmental failures extremely expensive for oil companies as an incentive to make safety a priority. 7mons ago from a Green in Wooster, OH.

Why is this an option? Who are you people and why did you START doing this?. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Potwin, KS.

Allow the expansion of Oil Drilling in southern Canada and North Dakota. Become energy dependant and tell the middle east to keep their oil and go to hell. 7mons ago from a Republican in Independence, MO.

Incentivize the private sector AND encourage federal development of alternative energy sources that are PROVEN SAFE for people and the environment. i.e., no tracking or nuclear power. Go solar and find other safe clean sources. 7mons ago from a Democrat in New York, NY.

Yes,expand offshore drilling and other enery assets we possess in this country to include coal, but also promote and give incentives to the private sector to develop alternate energy sources and let the market dictate and choose it's preferences. 7mons ago from a Republican in Fulton, CA.

No, end all offshore drilling. I think solar power, electricity, and wind power is much safer, energy efficient, and environmentally friendly. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Little Rock, AR.

Yes but must be very carefully regulated. 7mons ago from a Republican in Pleasanton, CA.

YES, but in shallow water, not too deep. 7mons ago from a Republican in Brookline, MA.

Use our own oil, instead of borrowing from other countries. At the same time, alternative fuels must be developed. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Dover, NJ.

Yes, but limit expansion. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Owens Cross Roads, AL.

Yes, where environmentally safe and appropriate. 7mons ago from a Republican in Paris, TN.

Let private sector decide based upon economic return subject scientifically supported environmental safeguards. 7mons ago from a Republican in Edison, NJ.

Yes as long as it doesn't affect wildlife. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Spearfish, SD.

Oil is stupid. There have been plenty of alternative resources that have been stopped from becoming mainstream use by the oil companies so they can continue to make money by turning it into a lucrative business. 7mons ago from a Democrat in Rohnert Park, CA.

We have enough resources in our country to make our own energy to not have to rely on foreign countries for our energy. 7mons ago from a Republican in Barre, VT.

The energy sector should be owned by the public, but divided up into regional or local divisions, while we don't expand and maintain current offshore oil wells. 7mons ago from a Libertarian in Santa Maria, CA.

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