Reactions to Obama’s Offshore Drilling Plan
Last week, President Obama’s announced that he would open up most of the eastern seaboard, eastern Gulf of Mexico, and Alaskan coastline. This prompted me to dedicate a post sharing my confusion on how this action fit into the President’s overall energy and environment agenda.
Today, I found a NY Times editorial that discussed this particular topic in greater detail through editorials from several stakeholder organizations. The authors featured in this opinion piece seemingly agreed that offshore drilling in these newly opened areas will not significantly reduce our country’s dependence on foreign oil. In truth, when you look at the numbers, these new oil wells will produce just a few drops in the figurative bucket.
Several authors concluded that the silver lining and true strength in the President’s announcement lay in his energy efficiency initiatives. In particular, Francis Beinecke with the National Resource Defense Council (NRDC) supported the President’s mention of clean car and other energy efficiency options.
After reading this editorial, I realize that I am not alone in questioning how this offshore drilling concession will help us in move toward comprehensive energy legislation – especially when it is given at this point in the process.