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Drill! Don't!
Debate Score:77
Arguments:49
Total Votes:105
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Offshore Drilling in California?

California drilling (www.heritage.org)

Drill!

Side Score: 41
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Don't!

Side Score: 36
5 points

It is simple. We cannot lower gas prices if we do not have an increase in oil supply. Plus, wouldn't you rather get your oil from right here in the USA than the Middle East?

And don't listen to the liberals. It will not hurt the animals, that is their excuse.

DRILL BABY DRILL
Side: Drill!
MisterGuy(1) Disputed
1 point

Palin is a fool, and it's no surprise that she supports more drilling, since her state basically lives on oil revenues & money from the federal govt. to get by.

"We cannot lower gas prices if we do not have an increase in oil supply. Plus, wouldn't you rather get your oil from right here in the USA than the Middle East?"

Really?? Oil & gasoline prices went DOWN after the wild speculation of the recent past settled down, yet we saw ZERO real increase in oil drilling in the USA. The FACT is that the USA has NEVER been able to pump anywhere near enough oil out of the ground to satisfy the current level of demand here!

BTW, we don't get anywhere near a majority of our oil from the "Middle East".

Side: Don't!

As Palin would say, "Drill baby, Drill!"

Side: Drill!
MisterGuy(1) Disputed
1 point

Pailn is a fool, and anyone that would follow her lead to simply jack up the amount of money that oil companies take in in profit from oil drilling is just as big a fool IMHO.

Side: Don't!

Maybe. But she's cute, isn't she? Or maybe I'm thinking of Tina Fey... ;)

Side: Don't!
2 points

Of course we should. We need as many ways to get independent on foreign oil, and any other option is necessary. Drilling, Nuclear, Solar, Biofuel, Hydro, etc. we need as many different sources.

Side: Drill!
MisterGuy(1) Disputed
1 point

"We need as many ways to get independent on foreign oil, and any other option is necessary. Drilling, Nuclear"

Drilling for more oil in the USA will not solve our oil supply problem because we simply don't have enough oil reserves in the USA to come anywhere near our current level of oil demand! It's a mathematical problem, not an ideological one.

Also, nuclear is not a real solution as the world's supply of readily-available uranium will be running out within about 70-80 years. Plus, nuclear leaves us with HUGE levels of radioactive waste that will remain harmful for around 100,000 years!

Side: Don't!
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
0 points

This is why I said we need AS MANY independent ways to get energy.

It is ideological to say "you can do the other, but you just can't do that one".

Side: Drill!
2 points

Yeah, I suppose offshore drilling is a good idea. I'm not sure it would make a big difference, but it couldn't hurt.

Objection seems to come mainly from environmentalists who I believe are committing the naturalistic fallacy -- just because something is unnatural does not mean it is bad.

Obama is leaning toward allowing it by the way:

"Obama said Friday that he would be willing to compromise on his position against offshore oil drilling if it were part of a more overarching strategy to lower energy costs."

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/02/campaign.wrap/

Side: Drill!
4 points

I would only endorse off-shore drilling if those companies who were permitted were also held responsible for ALL consequences. If there is any change the animals, people, tides, water, environment, or anything else, they are completely responsible for all compensation to all those damanged--including the state of CA and the USA.

Side: Don't!

We should be concentrating on advancing alternative energy. Continuing to drill for oil is like investing in pagers five years ago, it's pointless. We need to start investing in technologies such as hydrogen fuel cells and other clear, renewable fuels.

Our nation has about 3% of the worlds oil reserves and yet it makes up 20% of the worlds total consumption of oil. In case your bad at math what this means is unless we come up with an alternative to oil then we are fucked. It is better to start investing and committing ourselves to alternatives now, rather than wait until it's too late.

Side: Don't!

I believe your figures may be off just a bit from what I've heard and read . If the Alaska pipeline were up and running,as it should have been 25 years ago, the most we can hope for is 3% and we consume 25% of the world's oil.

Offshore drilling will most certainly upset the various Eco-systems at sea and that is unacceptable. We must consider the cost. What price are we willing to pay to drill off-shore and what are the impacts of that drilling. Off shore drilling has been studied and there most certainly are risks involved, some as a by-product of and some accidental. Massive oil spills, like the 1969 disaster near Santa Barbara, California are still remembered for their impact on every living creature in, on and around the area. We cannot allow this type of risk because it's politically expedient!

We are heading in the right direction for non-reliance when we explore all the other avenues for energy and it would be wise to investigate all of them in the event that different forms of energy are better for certain usages than others. As the world grows we are in need of more and more energy and it must be clean energy. Alternative energy sources should be high on the list of priorities for the next administration and there will be advantages to creating and maintaining an Energy Cartel with those countries who are not rich in oil but rich in other resources and ideas.

There are additional waters that should never be touched and those lie near the heavy tourist trade areas. Imagine the impact on those who depend on their livelihood through seasonal and year round travel should a disaster occur? It is not outside the realm of solid reasoning that the Government demand a higher "tourist tax" in the states where tourism accounts for a heavy percentage of income to invest in alternatives in clean energy. I say NO to offshore drilling in California as well as other states where it is not a viable option.

Side: Don't!
Inkwell(328) Disputed
2 points

are you aware that natural seepage puts more oil in the sea than oil spills? That there is actually an environmental group pushing drilling to reduce natural seepage by relieving subterranean pressure? That oil in the water has been written about in Santa Barbara harbor since the earliest European explorers landed their first SUVs there in the 1500s and the natives used it to waterproof their canoes? That Cuba is selling its offshore drilling rights to China so that Florida underwater oil will be drilled whether WE get the benefits or not.

Side: Drill!

We provide a wide range of offshore services such as company formation and maintenance, creating and maintaining bank accounts, etc. Most common reasons for choosing the offshore are optimization of taxes, asset protection, captive insurance, protection of intellectual property, confidentiality and privacy.

https://www.baltic-legal.com/offshores-company-services-eng.htm

Side: Don't!
0 points

i say we need to drill but we should also look at how it impacts our economy and our ecosystem. People on here that have replied need to get their numbers matched up because they arent the same and they dont coorrespond to what another person said.

Side: Drill!