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In announcing the appeal, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president strongly believes, as the administration argued before the judge Monday, that continuing to drill at great depths without knowing what caused the current spill does not make any sense.
"If Congress doesn't back track (reverse Bush's uplifting of the ban), it will increase access, it will increase supply, and it will be good for the consumer," said Judy Penniman, a spokesperson for American Petroleum Institute. "But it's just a beginning..."
"Nothing's going to change short-term off our coasts," said Athan Manuel, director of lands protection for the Sierra Club.
That's because the government agency that regulates offshore drilling, the Mineral Management Service, says it needs until at least the middle of 2011 to conduct the necessary environmental reviews and public hearings before it can issue any permits in areas currently closed to drilling - which include almost every mile off the east and west coast.
Originally posted by DJLateralus
This oil spill could have been easily prevented if oil companies were able to drill in the "environmentally protected" areas across the United States which holds a huge amount of oil, as well as in shallow-waters off the coast.
Since they were forbidden from drilling in these high-yield, safe areas...they were forced to turn to deep-water drilling in order to get the most oil legally possible. However, this style of drilling was unsafe but it was the best option business-wise.
Now that there has been a huge oil spill and it has become a world problem, I feel that there should be less drilling bans on our land reserves and more bans on deep-water drilling.
The environmentalists are mainly the ones to blame for this oil spill, not to mention the people who created the materials that FAILED on the rig as well as the people paid to INSPECT the materials used to construct the rig. Somebody should have caught the defect that led to this oil spill, however, the oil companies should never have been forced to drill that far out when we have perfectly good oil right underneath us
Originally posted by mutante
blaming the environmentalists for the oil spill (they nearly didn't exist in the early 60s!) is like blaming anti war protesters for the vietnam war. pointless.
Greenpeace USA (Greenpeace, Inc.) is registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) (4) entity and furthers its mission of protecting the environment through research, advocacy and lobbying.
A ban on all new oil drilling is the only way to avoid another spill disaster.
From Dirty Fuels Page
North America stands at an energy crossroads. As cheap, plentiful conventional oil becomes a luxury of the past, we now face a choice: to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean, renewable fuels, or to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel derived from fossil fuels at an even greater cost to our health and environment.