Sunday, June 6, 2010

Bipartisan Opposition to Obama's Drilling Ban Growing

Politicians from the Gulf region are starting to raise up in arms at the ban on drilling in the Gulf, saying over time it could cost Louisiana alone 4,000 jobs in the short-term and up to 20,000 jobs in the long term.

Lawmakers are becoming more aggressive in the insistence on the moratorium changing, demanding a compromise after the ban on deepwater drilling was extended to six months.

Concerns over restrictions on shallow-water drilling also are rising, which would devastate the local industry.

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., said to Fox News, "Obviously we need to learn the lessons from this incident ... but to completely shut down deepwater (drilling) and even threaten shallow water is a huge economic blow. And on top of the recession and on top of the hit that the oil is directly making on our economy, that is another big, big economic blow that is going to knock us down."

On the Democrat side, Sen. Mary Landrieu also suggested there is a very real danger the oil industry will flee the area permanently if things continue as they are.

Landreau rightly noted, "If these big rigs ever leave the Gulf ... it's not like you can make those every day or every year. Some of them take years to build. If they leave the Gulf and go drill under long-term contracts off the coast of Africa, they're not coming home any time soon."

Increasingly lawmakers are viewing Obama's and the Democrats' response as overreacting to the situation, and the overall consequences need to be taken into account.

This is contrary to the narrative many media outlets are attempting to portray, that there is the growing outrage against drilling oil and BP, when in fact it's starting to look like the elitist media organizations and their minions are found to be demagogues and reporting only one side of the story.

For example, the British are growing weary of the offensive comments from the media and American politicians which are denigrating the British people by attempting to stir up anti-British sentiment.

In other words, the opposition to drilling in the Gulf isn't as strong as it is being put forth, and now that the rants are getting tiresome, cooler heads are starting to prevail and realize no endeavor anyone partakes in can be guaranteed 100 percent, and the idea that Obama wants fail-safe measure in place before he allows drilling to resume in the region is to expect human beings to be perfect. It isn't going to happen. So we might as well start to understand that this is how life is, and we need to do our best to perform our work safely, but there are going to be failures from time to time. To expect something better than that is to no longer be human.

This doesn't mean of course that we don't need to search for and implement better measures, just that in the best of circumstances in any area of life there's going to be a failure factor involved, and all we can do is the best we can to manage those factors down to the lowest levels we can.

For those who want to take an even closer look, you'll find that environmentalists pressuring lawmakers through the years to ban easier drilling places has led to these seemingly more difficult and riskier deepwater areas as the major place to drill in relationship to offshore oil deposits.

A politician with a little guts and understanding would communicate this to the American people and let the chips fall where they will, as none of this will take away from the demand for oil in near- and long-term future.

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