Nothing should be more evident now, after the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last week, that the US needs more than ever to expand oil drilling within the United States, including along it’s coastlines.
There are over 5,000 barrels of oil being lost everyday due to this disaster, and everyday this continues, our dependency on foreign oil increases, which will eventually lead to greater increases in oil prices [and gasoline prices], and even lead to shortages, devastating our domestic economy.
Unless the US starts opening up more off shore sites we risk another financial collapse of a magnitude never before seen, especially if another disaster of this magnitude occurs. Only by increasing the number of drilling rigs, can we reduce the odds that any one disaster can have such a devastating effect.
Sarah Palin certainly understands the necessity to expand US drilling capacity.
It’s just a matter of determining what went wrong in this case, and fix it. The oil industry has always been at the forefront in doing everything possible to ensure drilling safety. For the drillers, nothing is more important than protecting the environment.
And if we can’t trust the oil industry to do the right thing, just who can we trust?