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President Obama with Second Thoughts about Offshore Drilling

Monday, May 3, 2010

Just a month ago, President Obama announced plans to expand offshore drilling. If I recall during his election campaign, he did not necessarily want to drill for oil offshore, rather than to chose alternate forms of energy. His announcement just 30 days ago proved to be the wrong thing to say. In this case, President Obama attempted to try and shore the Democratic and Republican ideas by going along with the Republican interests to pursue drilling offshore.
Now, because of an offshore oil well run by BP (British Petroleum) that has been leaking oil for some time now, serious damage to the environment that will directly affect the economy of the Gulf states can go on for a while. Thousands of people who depend on Gulf waters, fishing communities, and beaches all will be heavily affected by the spill. Yet, the oil still leaks.
President Obama spoke in Venice, Louisiana yesterday, and he outwardly stated that BP was responsible and will foot the cost for the cleanup. In the meantime, the President stands by his remarks last month, stating that the United States although is pursuing new sources of renewable, homegrown energy, he claims that tapping the oil found in the oceans still must be an alternative that must not be passed up.
At the same time, President Obama states that "drilling in new areas will not begin until an adequate review of what's happened here and of what is being proposed elsewhere."
President Obama is being very cautious on what he is saying about oil exploration in the Gulf, and several would now believe that it will be a long time before new off shore exploration will begin.
One must question why President Obama had a change of heart to want to begin drilling offshore. He was so adamant when he stated during his campaign that he was against off shore drilling.

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