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Can One Spill Shut Down Gulf Drilling?

Never letting a crisis go to waste, liberals have advanced the idea that all drilling in the ocean should be stopped and no new drilling allowed.

by
AWR Hawkins

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May 11, 2010 - 12:00 am
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Sadly, some Republicans are caving to the pressure brought on by these shame tactics. For example, on May 3, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger officially “withdrew his support of a plan to expand oil drilling off the California coast.” When pressed for a reason for doing so, Schwarzenegger said: “You turn on the television and see this enormous disaster, you say to yourself, ‘Why would we want to take on that kind of risk?”‘

Why do we take the risk? We do so because fossil fuels are the engine of our economy and without them, America finds herself in a self-administered chokehold.

Perhaps Schwarzenegger could learn a bit from Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell, who’s moving forward with plans to drill off Virginia’s shores even as the Sierra Club and others are using the language of a crisis to stop him. In what has sadly become a novel approach in today’s effeminized political climate, McDonnell explained that “he does not want to postpone drilling [because of BP’s spill] but to learn from the accident” so as not to repeat it.

I forgot to mention that George Soros’ not-so-respectable bunch, MoveOn.org, is side by side with the Sierra Club and Oceana North America in this attempt to end offshore drilling. In no uncertain terms, MoveOn has launched “an ad campaign calling on President Obama to reinstate the ban on new offshore drilling.”

Now just in case these groups fail to secure a ban on offshore drilling, men like John Podesta and Joseph Romm are calling for more regulation of offshore oil platforms and more taxes on oil companies. That’s right, even though this spill was obviously the result of an explosion that took place on a BP platform, Podesta and Romm suggest all oil companies — Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, etc. –  be punished along with BP.

So there are two solutions to this crisis according to the liberal mind. The first is to ban offshore drilling de jure via a presidential order or legislative action. If they fail there, the second solution is to ban offshore drilling de facto by placing so many taxes, restrictions, and regulations on the oil companies that it becomes unprofitable to construct platforms from which to drill.

Either way, we as consumers lose because neither solution is really aimed at anything other than driving the price of gasoline through the roof, and forcing us out of our SUVs and pickup trucks once and for all.

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AWR Hawkins is a conservative writer who holds a Ph.D. in military history from Texas Tech University.
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