This is a message to extreme “environmentalists” who hypocritically protest domestic energy production offshore and onshore. There is nothing “clean and green” about your efforts. Look, here’s the deal: when you lock up our land, you outsource jobs and opportunity away from America and into foreign countries that are making us beholden to them… Your hypocrisy is showing. You’re not preventing environmental hazards; you’re outsourcing them and making drilling more dangerous.
Extreme deep water drilling is not the preferred choice to meet our country’s energy needs, but your protests and lawsuits and lies about onshore and shallow water drilling have locked up safer areas. It’s catching up with you. The tragic, unprecedented deep water Gulf oil spill proves it.
For the sake of honesty I want to point out a couple of caveats. First of all, drilling in ANWR has risks as well. The Exxon Valdez was shipping oil drilled on-shore to refineries. Secondly, there’s only but so much oil on the planet. If we didn’t need to do deepwater drilling today we’d need to do it tomorrow.
But Sarah’s central point is correct. Locking up safer sources of oil pushes us to get it from more dangerous sources faster. The environmentalists have their share of the blame for what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico right now.