Oil Drilling, Safety and Environmentalism
Sometime last night or early this morning I am not sure which, I caught the tale end of a news conversation about Oil drilling and environmentalism. The essence of the story I gathered was the ongoing fight on both sides to either drill for oil in US waters or not to drill in US waters. This is the same old story that has been going on for decades and ties in with the term NIMBY (Not in my back yard) As I understand it this country has a need for Oil, we also have a need and want for a safe environment and we have some of the strictest policy's with respect to drilling. Now I understand that many will point to incidents like the Exxon Valdez or gulf oil spill and yes they were the exception to the rule, policy was in place, safety standards were set yet the accidents still happened because procedures and over-site failed, mistakes were made and they will be corrected. The point that was made though that while we need and will to continue to use oil for some time to come would you rather get it from here in the US where we have regulation and an EPA to ensure safety of the environment or do you want oil from other countries where there is no EPA or regard for the environment at all? NIMBY in this case I think is a bad idea.