Argument: Offshore drilling would not help US break its addiction to oil

Issue Report: US offshore oil drilling


Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club. – “People who tell us that the solution to our problem is drilling offshore are peddling our addiction. The drug is oil, and they don’t want us to get off it.”[1]

“Expanded offshore drilling is no answer to our energy crisis”. Citizen Times. 16 July 2008 – “Bush wants to try to drill our way out of the energy mess he and others tied to the oil industry helped create. The only real hope of energy independence for the United States is to aggressively develop alternatives.”

“Offshore Drilling is a Dirty Business.” Sierra Club. Opposing “Continuing to drill will only keep us dependent on oil, which is good for no one but Big Oil and their Washington allies.

Instead of relying on the same, disastrous policies that got us into this mess, we need to invest in innovative, homegrown solutions that will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and lower the cost of gas. Even oil man T. Boone Pickens said “this is one emergency we can’t drill our way out of,” and Americans agree with him. In fact, in a recent poll , 83% of the respondents said they want to end our dependence on foreign oil by investing in clean, renewable energy sources.
This is exactly what we need to be doing, so let’s start making the right investments and stop talking about fake solutions.”