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Mark Warner on Offshore Oil Drilling: Pause, But Not “Never Ever Again”


I agree with Mark Warner regarding offshore oil drilling that we should pause, I just believe that “pause” should be “forever.” Instead, we need to focus on energy efficiency, offshore wind, wave, solar, even nuclear power.  The bottom line, though, is that we need to wean ourselves off of polluting fossil fuels and move to the next generation of carbon-free, clean energy. Offshore oil drilling certainly does not put us on that path.

P.S. Instead of more disastrous oil spills, how about “The Five Percent Solution?”

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    Besides the obvious advantage of improving the climate of the only home planet we have, a government-private enterprise focus on alternative forms of energy and energy efficiency is also one way to create jobs in an economy that desperately needs that.

  • Teddy Goodson

    it is true our entire economy is built on oil, so we have to be very very careful about how we ween ourselves away. I also believe that the rage against subsidizing the growth of alternative energy is equally assinine, since it ignores our own long history of government subsidizing and otherwise encouraging (examples: seed money, research, pilot projects) development of new concepts and new industries, some of which worked out and some of which did not.

    The BP Horizon oil spill provides exactly the crisis we should use to become serious and committed to the government-subsidized, long-range development of alternative energies. We must not be sidetracked by endless arguments about pausing drilling, and how long and where. That will be one more distraction which will be used once again by the drill-babies to their advantage.

    The correct answer, Senator Warner is: “We have been granted this final wakeup call, a reveille for the future. We cannot afford to waste any more time. Now is the time to build the new energy infrastructure for our children and children’s children. The future is now!” (apologies to Vince Lombardi, but, hey, don’t macho white guys respond to sports analogies?)