Originally Posted by stevegmu
If oil companies had only been allowed to drill closer to shore, in shallower waters, accidents like this most likely would not have happened, or would have been a lot easier to contain and cap.
This point should not be dismissed. Accidents are much harder to fix in water this deep. But the Left has successfully prevented any new shallow water drilling. We won't hear about that, however. We'll get people using pictures of dying birds to promote an agenda that attacks ALL oil drilling. We'll be told it's our fault for wanting to heat our homes and get to work every day.
What the Left ignores, though, is that we need energy. Right now and for the foreseeable future, we need oil. It would be better to get more of that oil domestically, but the Left opposes that as well. Of course, it also opposes nuclear power, coal power, hydroelectric power, natural gas, et al. The only forms of energy liberals seem to support are wind and solar. Well, wind and solar aren't going to get us there. We need to do "everything" in order to eventually stop our dependance on oil.
One other point: Obama's goal is to kill gasoline in order to "get to" green energy. Nothing would please him more than $8-12 gasoline. He just knows that politically, this is impossible. He even claimed that the real issue with $4-5 gas was that the price spike happened too quickly. "I would have preferred that it happened gradually," he said. Among the Left, this is a common view. Unfortunately, the oil spill gives him perfect political cover. He can pursue the goal. He's already started, by reversing the decision on expanding offshore drilling. It's not that he's happy it happened...but he's not going to let a good crisis go to waste, either.