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Learn more about Oil Drilling
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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Addison, TX.
I don't have enough information to make an educated guess. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wooldridge, MO.
Incentivize the private sector to develop alternative forms of energy and end all offshore oil drilling. 1yr ago from a Green in Machias, ME.
Nationalize the energy sector and develop alternative forms of energy. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Dallas, TX.
Improve the technology first. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Philadelphia, PA.
Ont know. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Camp Verde, AZ.
No, because we have enough oil already in the country. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Green in Wooster, OH.
Why is this an option? Who are you people and why did you START doing this?. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Little Rock, AR.
Yes but must be very carefully regulated. 1yr ago from a Republican in Pleasanton, CA.
YES, but in shallow water, not too deep. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Dover, NJ.
Yes, but limit expansion. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Owens Cross Roads, AL.
Yes, where environmentally safe and appropriate. 1yr ago from a Republican in Paris, TN.
Let private sector decide based upon economic return subject scientifically supported environmental safeguards. 1yr ago from a Republican in Edison, NJ.
Yes as long as it doesn't affect wildlife. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr 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. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Santa Maria, CA.
Do you remember the oil spill? It killed and injured thousands of innocent animals. It suffocated them, and poisoned their stomachs with oil. It caused families of water animals to become weak and drown from the spill. If you looked at what the spill did to the animals and their habitats, you'd see that the offshore drilling is causing a mess of dead animals of which could have been living to this day, if someone would just flip a switch and end this crisis. 1yr ago from a Republican in Laconia, NH.
Yes but put a cap on how many oil wells are allowed per year. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Carnegie, PA.
With extremely strict environmental, technical, structural, and operational oversight by the Federal government, it can be done safely, however the penalties for damages to the environment need to be FAR higher. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Raritan, NJ.
We studied all the ethanol, we dont need to disrupt the natural world. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Columbia, MO.
The key is that the oil companies are private enterprises. Opening up offshore drilling will not necessarily help America as private companies are already exporting much of the U.S. "harvested" oil for a better price which is only profits for them and does little for the U.S. economy. 1yr ago from a Republican in New Baltimore, MI.
I would have to evaluate the ROI against the risk involved before making a decision since the US is now an oil exporting country it may no longer be a realistic risk. 1yr ago from a Republican in Spirit Lake, IA.
Yes. We have enough energy to self sustain ourselves. I have twenty bucks. Why do I need to borrow ten bucks from some Slim Shady who's gonna charge me fifteen cents on the dollar?. 1yr ago from a Republican in Nashville, TN.
More investigation needs to be done regarding this matter. Because I don't know how much of our actual supply is currently being supplied by off shore drilling. ....& Can it be environmentaly Safe ??. 1yr ago from a Republican in Potwin, KS.
Yes, but require severe penalties for irresponsible/illegal disregard for safety protocols. Corporate officers should be incarcerated for negligent oversight of subordinates actions, as is done in the military!. 1yr ago from a Republican in Tucson, AZ.
Oil is poison wherever it is, millions of gallons leak from the ocean floor naturally. If we burn it we are at least returning the base components like carbon to the environment. And we might as well keep fuel costs low while replacement clean technology is developed to become more affordable for the lower classes. 1yr ago from a Libertarian in Elfers, FL.
No, we should end off-shore drilling- it clearly has a terrible impact on the environment. Incentivize schmentivize, energy companies should be smart enough to invest in exploring alternative energy sources. The government should be working with electric and gas companies that fuel homes and business to rework the infrastructure and allow for new energy sources to easily transition into our homes and businesses. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Ingomar, PA.
Susidize people being able to install wind and solar on their own houses. No more nukes and no more discusting wind farms. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wellsville, NY.
If we could drill within our own nation first before offshore drilling, then that would be efficient for the money as well as environment and prevent less international issues. 1yr ago from a Republican in Wichita Falls, TX.
Yes, the more oil we can gain, the less it will cost. Supply and Demand. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Douglassville, PA.
Eliminate all subsidies and caps on liabilities, increase safety standards and regulation and require insurance to cover losses. 1yr ago from a Green in New York, NY.
Yes, as long as regulations are met to keep the environment and workers safe. 1yr ago from a Republican in The Dalles, OR.
Yes, but only if the watchdog services will actually do their jobs to keep our waters and coasts safe. Oil should be phasing out by now. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Indianapolis, IN.
We should re-energize the EPA more diligently appreciate environmental impact and to balance those risks against the incremental benefits from particular environmental invasions while also significantly incentivizing development of alternate energy sources. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Bellaire, TX.
No, develop alternate forms of clean energy. 1yr ago from a Democrat in Fort Collins, CO.
No, offshore oil drilling should stop, because sea creatures were meant to live in peace in their home. Earth is our home, I'm sure we wouldn't know what to do if our home was being destroyed. we would run, but we would mostly ask for a chance to change what we did. 1yr ago from a Green in Prather, CA.