The Effects Of Drilling On Offshore Drilling

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To spark a drastic change, typically something drastic and eye opening needs to occur. Looking back in recent United States history, there have been many accidents, attacks, and natural disasters that have sparked conversation as well as legislation for change. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which began on April 20, 2010 and raged on for months caused tremendous devastation and pollution to the ecosystem. Discussion about offshore oil drilling and regulations was inevitable after the spill. In President Obama’s Oval Office speech after the spill, he makes a claim that offshore drilling must be more strictly regulated, and a shift towards clean, renewable energy must be made. In light of this disaster this is a controversial claim due to the United States current reliance on offshore drilling and the scandalously close relationship between oil companies and the agency that regulates them. Although Americans benefit from offshore drilling with cheaper oil prices and affordable energy, and companies benefit from loose regulations with high profitability, ecosystems and natives suffering through the spill would argue that these benefits do not outweigh the cost. When President Obama claims that strict regulation on oil drilling and a shift toward renewable energy through policy implementation, he threatens a powerhouse market that is a major player in the economy. He also creates a divide in schools of thought over the reach government through regulation. This paper

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