This week President Obama announced the expansion of domestic offshore drilling, especially off the East coast. This news comes with the intent of decreasing dependence on foreign oil, and simultaneously continuing to work on alternative energies. Well you can’t say we aren’t multitaskers here in the US of A.
Obviously the reactions to this announcements are mixed (how odd). Even the comments under this YouTube show some pretty strong reactions. It appears that some think this is a much-needed step in the right direction towards weaning off of foreign oil. The others, this is a terrible decision that sacrifices our coasts and threatens entire marine ecosystems.
Reactions in Congress are mixed as well. Both member of the House and the Senate have taken to Twitter to express their support/disdain. Also, these reactions differ among politicians in the same political parties. While Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) Tweeted: @Mark Warner: Pres. Obama’s offshore oil/gas exploration anncmt is good news & positive step forward for VA & will help expand domestic energy production, Frank Pallone (D-NJ) is not a happy camper.
In fact, Pallone has Tweeted a number of times to show his concern of how this drilling will affect the Jersey Shore (take that how you will). Pallone also took to his Facebook page to write: Offshore drilling on the Atlantic Coast invites an environmental catastrophe that would have severe economic consequences for New Jersey.
I was reading through the responses to this comment, but it turned into a battle royal between some Democratic and Republican constituents so I decided to move on. He did get 15 likes though.
On the Republican side of things, it’s also pretty complicated. House Republican Leader John Boehner retweeted a tweet about a comment he made: John Boehner: RT @Drudge_Report: Boehner: Decision Keeps Vast Majority of America’s Offshore Energy Resources Off Limits… http://drudge.tw/9CGSxN Other Republicans are simply saying its a step in the right direction.
@NatResourcesGOP has been a very actively tweeting about this new decision. I’ve been following them since this decision because this page has really done a good job of providing information and links. One interesting link I found through this tweet: Offshore oil drilling might make environmental sense (via @washingtonpost) http://bit.ly/9C3PWd #energy #tcot #drillgate — which discusses the possible environmental GOOD that could come from offshore drilling. They also link a tweet to a Rasmusen Report showing that 72% support drilling.
While I try not to interject my personal beliefs into this blog, I will again end with a video of one of my favorite songs from one of my favorite muppets: