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Poll: Do you support offshore drilling?

March 31, 2010

President Barack Obama is to announce on Wednesday a plan to permit exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia as a way to create jobs and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil.

Obama, who wants Congress to move a stalled climate change bill, has sought to reach out to Republicans by signaling he is open to allowing offshore drilling, providing coastlines are protected.

For more than 20 years, drilling was banned in most offshore areas of the United States outside the Gulf of Mexico because of concerns that spills could harm the environment.

Should the president permit offshore drilling for oil and natural gas?

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Since we use more oil than anyone else it makes sense that we should drill on our own land, even if there is only a couple years at the current pace it may increase awareness and maybe we will find more than expected, the data is 30 years old from what I read.

Posted by jstaf | Report as abusive

I think it is a great idea. Especially for the economy. As a trucker and someone that has worked in the logistic business for a long time, this will help the economy. It will drive down the cost of fuel and this will pass the savings on the customer. It will allow freight companies and independent drivers a chance to actually make money than to default. For Joe Average American: this will help the budget across the board for the cost of energy. For the Oil and Gas Industry: Exploration will be up and this will put all those people they have laid off in Houston and other areas back to work.

And besides, I would like to get back to earning a decent wage- not the wages that I have seen for the past year.

Posted by TruckerWill | Report as abusive

With the limited amounts of oil we will ever extract locally, % of total usage, and the delay from Corporate Oil to Joe Average American economic benefit Obama has offered a very small carrot.

Posted by tamikenn57 | Report as abusive

Yeah. This is a great idea! We let foreign owned oil and gas companies come in and drill that pittance of offshore fuel we’ve got sitting out there which will take at most a decade and then we’ll be absolutely 100% dependent on all foreign oil and gas for the rest of our lives because we won’t have any left at all. There’s some long term planning for you! This is a waste of time, money and effort that will produce at best a short term increase in highly specialized jobs and little difference at the diesel pump any time. Period. We should be spending our American money with American companies on finding real long term alternatives; nuclear, clean coal, wind, solar, bio-fuels and EV’s are the real answers and can immediately boost job growth from low to high skilled.

Posted by youkiddinme | Report as abusive

The USA should be scaling back fossil fuel use at least 5% per year. Will the “economy” suffer ? Yes- this present one will. But it’s better to scale back now by degrees in a manageable way than to get hit in the peak oil crashes due in just a few years. But short term gains always seem to trump intelligent planning and the peak oil and gas crashes will be really “bad for business”. We’ll end up with a standard of living reduction of around 60% one way or the other. There isn’t enough oil or gas offshore to make a difference, folks..Also, continuing lousy stewardship of Planet Earth will get your kids and grandkids and generations unborn..wake up, folks..

Posted by gramps | Report as abusive

At the current rate of global consumption, and with the economies of India and China growing, can this decision make any difference even in the short term?

Posted by JJWest | Report as abusive

Utilizing our own oil and gas reserves is a stop-gap in the transition to renewable energy sources.

Posted by leftcenterright | Report as abusive

Drilling can be done onshore and probably more efficiently and with faster results. The reason we’re seeing the oil companies make record-breaking profits while they drill no new wells is because they’re pocketing the profits. Pure and simple. For Obama to use this as a trade-off for his climate change bill is irresponsible at best. Increased drilling should have been taking place for years, especially with the high crude prizes we’ve seen for how many years now? There’s no excuse for the President or our lawmakers to sit by and allow the American people to be robbed for years on end by big oil. ENOUGH!! Obama should shelve his ridiculous climate bill and concentrate on other much more important issues, like jobs for Americans and Iran. The jobs can be created by drilling onshore. We have the reserves in both oil and gas, but big oil has to let go of the $$ to drill.

Posted by dunc9 | Report as abusive

Put the money into clean energy – wind, solar, bio-fuels, the alternatives. Forget nukes and coal; there’s no such thing as clean coal and nuke plants take years to build besides the safety threat. Stick with the renewables like wind and solar. Buy technology from Israel – they’re way ahead of us!

Posted by dunc9 | Report as abusive

Glad to see they are going to use our own source. Let keep it in America.

Posted by mstinky | Report as abusive

Yes, as long as the oil and gas companies are not getting anymore subsidies and tax breaks.

Posted by Andvari | Report as abusive

I’m glad to see he is taking Sarah Palin’s advice about drilling…
I do agree it is the right thing.

Posted by lacubanita | Report as abusive

Holy… The hypocrisy is overwhelming. Doesn’t anyone else get this? We’ve wasted nearly 10 yrs. Bush started pushing for this in 2001. We could’ve had hundreds of wells running full throttle all across the continental shelves and ANWR during the time when oil was running $148 a barrel. Why the sudden change of heart? I’ll tell you why. Because it was convenient for the Dems to run up the price of oil, and squander our trade balance when Bush was in charge. Now, they can blame Bush for the global economic crisis, they are in charge of everything, and WALLAH. Now it makes sense to drill. Please folks. This is so blatant, I can’t believe I’m seeing them announce this with straight faces. Where is the shame? Where is the outrage? Where is the justice? You’ve been robbed, you;ve been impoverished, you’ve been lied to? For what? Power. What do you get out of it?

Posted by mosahlah | Report as abusive

I cannot believe how many support offshore drilling when we have capped so many of our wells within our various states-and why? Lets look at natural gas once and for all. This country and its people have the power and the brains to turn our dependence on fossil fuel off within the next generation. It is more than time for the American public to stop wanting quick fixes to every situation. Why do we continue to buy into corporation ideas as if we do not have a brain in our heads? To switch from fossil fuel will require years of painful changes, but do we not owe this to the next generation? I challenge everyone to read more, question more and demand the news media and politicians give us real information to make the right decisions. Lets finally put the balme where it belongs-on us.

Posted by noraj612 | Report as abusive

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