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Should there be a full ban on off-shore drilling?

April 28th, 2010
11:59 AM ET

The U.S. Coast Guard is dealing with potentially one of the worst environmental disasters in history as a large oil slick drifts into ecologically sensitive areas off the coast of Louisiana .

One of the many dangers of off shore drilling.
One of the many dangers of off shore drilling.

Coast Guard officials are even considering setting the massive 80 mile oil slick on fire to try and contain some of the damage and prevent the crude oil from spreading.

Oil is still leaking at a rate of about 42,000 gallons a day from the well, located some 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. A drilling rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploded and sank at the site last week.

BP, the well's owner, has been trying to shut off the well using eight remote-controlled submarines, but has had no luck up to this point.

"If we don't secure the well, this could be one of the most serious oil spills in U.S. history," Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry, head of a joint response task force, said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

The Coast Guard stressed it would never set the entire spill on fire at once. It would instead use a 500-foot-long, flame-retardant boom to gather some of the oil and then burn only the crude inside its perimeter, according to spokeswoman Lt. Sue Kerver.

This disaster is only weeks after President Barack Obama announced that he would open up parts of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to oil and natural gas drilling.

The plan includes lifting a 20-year ban on drilling off the Virginia coastline as well as conducting seismic tests to test the viability of off-shore drilling locations in parts of the Atlantic and Gulf.

We want to know what you think.

In light of the latest disaster in the Gulf of Mexio that has the potential to become the one of the worst environmental disasters, should off-shore drilling be completely banned? What steps should be taken to make sure an oil spill like this doesn't happen again?

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  1. Alvaro Moran

    It should be banned but it will happen only in my dreams unfortunately......

    April 28, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  2. Bob S

    Again, the corporations rape the environment and get rich doing it. And I'm sure we will have to flip the tab to pay for the clean up.
    To answer the question, YES it should be banned. But I agree with Alvaro..... in our dreams!

    April 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  3. Don Johnston

    Yes it should be totally banned but it will not because of the oil interests. Personally I do not like it but since it is happening to Republican states I think it is rather funny after all they are the ones always going "Drill Baby Drill". Well we drilled baby and this is the result, hope all you stupid republicans love it even more because this is what we will get if we allow drilling on all of our coasts and why so many of us are against it but could not happen in a better place, the Good Old Republican South, I hope they truly appreciate it.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  4. Chuck Fore

    It's ridiculous to try banning offshore drilling. If we want to have a healthy economy, offshore drilling will need to be allowed. Offshore drilling is practiced by nearly every nation that has oil fields in the ocean. These spills are very rare. I believe that this spill can be contained. There is no guarantee that we can ever prevent anything from happening again. We can't stop airplane crashes, even though we have tried. We can search for ways of making this more unlikely though. This will take the input of scientists and engineers who are familiar with offshore drilling.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  5. jakeo

    It was only a matter of time for the current disaster to happen, and it is only a matter of time for something like this to happen again. The timing couldn't have been better – hopefully Obama will change his mind. There is only one resaonable step to take: ban offshore drilling completely.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  6. Shawn B.

    Absolutly, it should be banned! IT will never happen though, cause we as a specis devour everything, or we create ways to. Drilling like this has to many risks for situations like the one we have now, but as long as the "rich" get richer and the almighty dollar is GOD we will still put our children at risk and "THEIR" world. Our forefathers would be so ashamed of what we have become. "We kill the cow for the leather to make jackets, then we kill each other for the jackets. – Dennis Leary"

    April 28, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  7. Jon C

    A phase out of offshore drilling in conjunction with the reduction of our oil dependacy

    April 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  8. Richard Armentor

    What a silly question?? How about, Should we ban all airline flights or stop all traffic? This is about where this question lies. Or how about we ban all US drilling and become even more dependant on foreign oil and put another few hundred thousand people out of jobs.. In regard to safety, the oil industry has one of the most stringent safety contingincies in place when compared to most industries yet we have people that don't look beyond the tip of their nose before making such statements on banning then these type things snowball and years later these folks will be the first to cry about prices, not only on gasoline for their vehichles but all the hundred of thousand of things that oil is a catalyst for. We need to be more concerned on How & Why and working toward making this industry safer, something that has been in place for a hundred plus years.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  9. Constanza

    ABSOLUTELY!!!! SHOULD BE BANNED!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • oil me up scotty

      Without oil we couldn't have shot down all those bloody Jerrys over the channel in 1941!

      September 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
  10. JohninConnecticut

    "This disaster is only weeks after President Barack Obama announced that he would open up parts of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to oil and natural gas drilling."

    A very fortuitous and convenient occurence so close after the President's announcement . And, not just an explosion [one of the rarest happenings on a rig] but a sinking and a break all the way to the well head. Makes one think of all the disaster arguments put forth by the alleged "environmentalists" so well funded by (how did that old song go?) the "Shieks of Arabee".

    KEEP DRILLING!

    April 28, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  11. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello CNN friends,

    Yes, Off-shore drilling Should Completely be Banned,
    Because we do Not want any Risk in Eating Unhealthy Food!
    We need Consumer Available Friendly Environmental Energy!

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    April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  12. Jon C

    It's these "rare" disasters that can interrupt and destroy one of the most important parts of our food supply chain. Yes we can stop our dependence on oil and the need for off shore drilling. BP’s inability to immediatley stop this leak, show that they have somehow neglected to spend some of their billions in profits on the scientist and engineers that can design systems to function in the event of these types of disasters.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  13. Vid

    Ok, I hear alot of yes we should ban drilling, so do you like gas prices at 5.00 per gal. Because IF drilling stopped then we would be under COMPLETE control of OPEC. ( in the event that you are wondering They HATE Americans) Crude not oly supplies us gasoline, but almost ALL synthetics are crude based. Medical supplies (ie plastics)
    cloths. If we ban drilling you better get ready to have less money in your pocket. Cost of food will go up cost of electric will go up the cost of anything made with plastics will go up and of course gas will go up.
    Good luck with that

    April 28, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  14. Patricia Polizzi

    Off shore oil drilling enrages me! The idea that we can afford the risks to our environment is pure propaganda. When the slick hits the wildlife refuges and the white sandy beaches killing everything off we will no doubt hear from the multi national companies that dictate public policy that "this spill" was a just a fluke . The oil companies and our government will try to pacify us with their investigation into the "accident" and tell the world how they will improve safety and reduce the risks.
    We will hear the cost benefit analysis, independence from mid east oil, yada yada. Get real! We are killing off the planet! Obama gives much lip service to the green movement yet promotes this dangerous practice of drilling in our precious life giving oceans. My condolences to the families that lost loved ones. Any risk is too high when it comes to oil spilling out into our waters. STOP! STOP! PLEASE STOP!

    April 28, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Reply
  15. Ed

    Several facts:

    We better have a plan in place to replace the offshore oil before we ban drilling. (Strategic oil reserves)

    This incident is very suspect as all precautions were taken to prevent such a spill.

    All future Oil Rigs should be equipped with emergency shut off valves below the ocean bottom along with emergency line releases that can be operated remotely so a distressed platform can be tugged away so that when it sinks it does not destroy the lines coming up to the rig.

    The hedge funders needed more victims to bilge $ from.

    Expect oil prices to surge. They are already surging in the midwest.

    We need wean ourselves of this destructive heroine we have become addicted to. Electric cars would be good but only if we all placed solar cells on our roofs (where practical).

    If we were to reduce our consumption of oil via maybe the excess oil could be used for producing clean electricity in bulk.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  16. Hammad

    Yes it should be banned, our cost are not just dollars and cents...People dont really think about the after effect on the environment! A spill like that destroys many lifeforms, it destroys many sea creatures. We need to contain it and it should be banned so nothing like this can happen again! And honestly chuck, comparing airplane crashes to oil rig exploding are two completely different things. You cant compare apples and oranges. The risks are too great in a oil rig explosion. A plane crashes and its done and over with, but something at this magnitude, keeps spilling oil and destroys sea creatures and which it will continue to do for quite a long time.

    April 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  17. Tracy

    I've always been against offshore drilling. This just proves my point.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  18. George

    The question is almost as stupid as most of the answers. Why don't you ask if cars, trucks, and motorcycles should be banned. That sounds kind of dumb doesn't it. Just the same if you have no autos, then the need for crude oil is almost as gone. So why don't you ask, should we all go back to the stone age. dumb dumb dumb

    April 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  19. Ed

    If we were to reduce our consumption of oil via electricity maybe it would become more cost effective to use oil for the production of clean electricity in bulk.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  20. Lorna Wallach

    I was adamently against drilling for this very reason. I was also disappointed that President Obama (who I greatly respect) caved in to such a foolish folly. We all know it's about money for the oil companies. I am distraught that my worst fear's are being realized. We cannot afford to destroy our enviornment. Our species cannot survive without healthy ecosystems.
    There are plenty of alternative energy ideas that are clean and safe. Those should be the ONLY options. If the oil companies were really for America they would pursue clean options.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  21. France

    This Spill is the worst disaster of it's kind and it is terribly sad !!
    The ramafications are staggering.....for humans and animal life.

    Unfortunately like the Health of Americans and Canadians it's about $$ and it's about Politics !! So would I like to see these rigs banned....
    YES – But my guess is, it will never happen in our lifetime!

    We can however..... try to improve on status quo !! Can't We?

    April 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  22. zot

    Unfortunately for us all, the human population can not sustain itself without oil. Oil represents the stored energy from the sun over a period of millions of years, stored in a convienient form that we can tap into now. The underground sources are all used up, leaving the seafloor to obtain new supplies. Agriculture can not sustain itself without oil and don't fool yourself into thinking that the world could be supplied with food by "organic" methods. To suddenly stop looking for new supplies of oil would mean the end of our civilization, mass starvation, and probably WAR. Do I hate the oil spill, YES. Do I wish we could stop drilling and find some other energy source, YES. We are not there yet. It is not greedy companies raping the land and ripping us off, it is risk taking inovative companies supplying us with something (OIL) that is essential to us all. Grow up people, this is not a perfect world.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  23. terry l. strong davis

    it really should not be either party who is responsible for this travisty. we have proven we can only harm our surroundings and environment with pretty much all that we think we can do by manipulating nature. it is obvious we can not control the handling of oil. that old saying "water and oil don't mix" still holds true

    April 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  24. Bll

    Politics aside ,Strict enforcement of safety rule is at fault, also in reviewing hazard operation , this type of accident should be part of scenario analysis and a fail safe solution should be part of the engineering design

    April 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  25. GS

    Perhaps limit further drilling. Obviiously, we are not yet energy independent, and we could not simply shut down the economy. It took us 200 years to get ot this sad point..most of it do to greed. It will take many more years to fix the problem but I don't think we are all ready to stop heating our homes or driving our cars. Our government has the ability and power to make us ebergy independent if they want to and if they priotize this. the technology is there, but it has to be paid for which means some adjuting of the books, and more imprtantly attitudes. We got to the moon in seven short years. This requred a completely new set of technologoes to be developed, but it was done. Every car can become a hybrid in less than ten years if Congress made it a national priority. Solar panels could be installed on every public and private building that has sun exposure if Congress wanted to do do it. But I digress. Inspect, and improve the exisiting wells to make sure this does not happen. Many of them are old, and I imagine not in good shape. Prohibit any further drilling in virgin areas such as the east coast where valuable fishing and tourist industries exist.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Reply
  26. William C

    Of course off-shore drilling should be banned. It was never a good idea and is even a dumber idea now. Same with coal mining. The term "clean coal" is an oxymoron. We should be running in the opposite direction–away from fossil fuels, not toward them.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  27. BamaGirl

    Phase out off shore drilling while investing in clean energy such as wind & solar. The 6 million dollars per day being spent by BP for this cleanup would go a long way if applied to green technology jobs not to mention the money that will be paid out for lawsuits, federal disaster money, etc.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  28. David Sully

    The same companies want to drill in the arctic...they cannot control what they have in the Gulf where the weather is warm and not
    -40 degrees or colder in the winter, and do not forget in total darkness for months at the time!!!
    What would happen then with a disaster like this in the Arctic?
    Come on people, let us do whatever we can to prevent that from ever having the chance to happen...
    David Sully
    Canada

    April 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  29. Don

    The problem is our dependency on oil. Just think about it. We are using gas and diesel engines that were invented by Henry Ford almost 100 years ago. We have computer the size of your palm yet we run around using big outdated machines that were invented 100 year ago. Would someone please invent something that runs on something other than oil. I thought Obama was going to change this but he hasn't done anything.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  30. Brian

    I guess I'll be avoiding fish for awhile, especially if it comes from Louisiana, in fact I would avoid any food coming from that region.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  31. Norman Pear

    It should be banned now and forever. Unless we as a species like causing and living with natural disasters such as this one.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  32. bob

    you american people just dont care about others citizens off the world.
    just hope that you will be stuck in your pollution for years and years and that way you will find that your Obama is one the worst president ever!
    The futur is clean energy, clean world,,,,,you people are so stupid just never underdstand nothing!

    hope you will this time.

    canadian citizen.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  33. Keira

    YES! Ban drilling! The potential for disaster is greater when you start drilling irresponsibly. If this doesn't scream 'clean energy' and reform for environmental issues, I don't know what does. Where are the people yeling 'drill, baby drill' now? We drilled & a big piece of ecosystem could be wiped out. Way to go!

    Keira
    NY

    April 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  34. jerry doubleday

    Yes, It should be banned and alternatives chosen. Can we afford to have our coastlnes destroyed. No, not at any cost. I realize that there are those that will say thats not realistic in these times. The reality of the situation is this, If we allow this offshore drilling accidents ARE going to happen. I know very little of oilrigs but it seems to me that along with gaining the technology to put a drill head at more then 5000' , they should have also had a surefire way to shut the well down should an accident like this happen. My understanding is it took them 6 months to shut a well down in Austrailia that had a similar thing happen. We will be playing Russian Roulette with our coastlines.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  35. Darlene Buckingham

    The World cannot sustain itself without clean water, clean air and nutritious food. Now tell me if off shore drilling should be banned taking into consideration these facts. Renewable energy please!

    April 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  36. chefdugan

    The answer is very simple – no offshore drilling, anywhere, ever! This is a no-brainer for everyone who has one. Unfortunately, Congress has a lot of members that lack one.

    April 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  37. Rob

    All you people that have been posting on here, and posting on other sites about this spill, saying that we should ban offshore drilling, and stop using oil, get a life bud. do ya'll like gas prices to go up to 5.00 a gal, or even higher. Do you or your wife or some other person wear makeup? how many items a dao do you use that contains plastic or rubber? Do you own a car and drive it everyday? If you awnsered yes to any of those, you are dependant on oil. If you really wanted the US to stop drilling, you would have to stop using all consumer products that contain oil, and more than half, of the US would have to do the same. So NO we should not just stop drilling for new energy sources. If we did today, our economy would tank, and never come back up, and this great nation that we live in, however corrupt by the govnt, would die. Also all of you that think BP is not gunna be paying for the cleanup, they are required by law that they pay for it. And i am sure that transocean is also footing some of the bill as well.

    So before you idiots start blaming people for this accident, you should blame yourselves first for putting the rig out there. because it was you that is so dependant on oil in your every day life that we need to drill for more oil. And for all the people out there that are saying to stop the drilling now and never do it again, you should ask yourself if you can survive without it. If we as a nation can survive without it. maybe in another 25 years, we might be able to, or maybe never, but as of right now no we can not. And if we try to, that would be like commiting suicide in the world community. We would be rolled over so fast back into a third world country it wouldnt even be funny.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  38. eustace

    Everyone wants to ban offshore drilling but as soon as the price of gasoline goes up the same people will be screaming that the oil industry conspiring to run up the prices.

    Here's a clue: we have these offshore wells because of YOU, the consumer demanding ever increasing amounts of oil. These rigs are tremendously expensive and risky to operate,the only reason we have them is because of our insane appetite for oil. Sell your car, walk to work, buy some solar panels and these rigs would disappear very quickly.

    What happens is up to YOU.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  39. tony

    For those who want a ban I challenge them to tell me the last time a off shore rig had a problem such as this. This was an accident plain and simple. If a big rig truck runs into a bus and kills 10 people should we ban all trucks, its the same thing.
    1. they can shut down wells during problems but not when it blows up and all are running for their lives.
    2. during the many hurricans in the gulf several rigs have been lost with no spills.
    3. fastest way to stop the spill is to burn it or use micro-organizism which eat the oil and drop to the bottom of the ocean when there is no more oil left.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  40. Erica Roberts

    Why should be ban drilling??!!! Accidents happen and will continue to happen. This was not a plan disaster! You then tell me where are we going to get oil from??!! They have made it just about impossible to drill on land or in Alaska. Is the oil going to magically fall from the sky so that we can use it to fuel our nation? I live in Mississippi where the oilfield and offshore drilling is a major part of our economy that keeps us secure jobs. So what if the oil companies are getting rich, they are the ones spending there money on the technology. At least my hard earned tax dollars are not going towards bailing them out.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  41. Bernhard Edgren

    Hi. No there should not be any ban.
    But there should be ABSOLUTELY better advance planning for all kinds of leaks and spills and disasters like this.
    The huge profits from drilling the oil should come with great responsibility against the nature, the animals and man.
    We must have enough heavy oil booms and other equipment ready to take care of these spills immediately. The costs must of course be carried by those who drill, all the vessels that go on the oceans to Us ports and so on. We can do it all if we plan and decide we want to do it!!!

    This is not a question IF we do it we MUST do it!!!

    regards...

    April 28, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  42. Dodie

    Good Lord yes!! How many ecological disasters do we need to wake up??? This needs to stop and the only way is to vote every one of these idiots out of office and elect people who are ecologically and HONESTLY into stopping our dependence on oil. Please lets all get it done on our level. It's not a dream, just do it!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  43. Abby

    How many of the people on here advocating the elimination of offshore drilling drive alternative fuel vehicles? How many of them have NEVER complained about the price of gas? How many are spending their days researching and putting into practice new alternatives to how we fuel our cars, heat our homes, light our cities, make our cheap walmart products, etc.?
    It is very easy to sit at a keyboard and ridicule an industry that provides millions of jobs when you are not doing anything to help solve the problem. I am a democrat, live in a state where offshore drilling is not possible, and also work in the petroleum and natural gas industry. I am ALL for new alternative methods but I am also not oblivious enough to think that we can just ban everything tomorrow and sustain ourselves without the current methods. I can't tell you how many times people in my area (including close relatives) have said things like "can't you get those gas prices down?" and then turned around and complained about the presence of a drilling rig or their uneducated view of how drilling affects the environment.
    It really would be nice to have our cake and eat it too but let's try to look at things in realistic terms........

    April 28, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  44. Dave H

    Yeah, we can ban it and pay $10.00 a gallon for fuel in a few years.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  45. t

    NO.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Reply
  46. Anne Codur

    I hope this ecological catastrophy provokes a huge wave of outrage in the public opinion and opens the debate on banning off-shore drilling. There should be a plan to phase out off-shore drilling in the next 10 years as we make all efforts to replace oil by gas, biofuel, or even better non greehouse effect sources of energy (solar, wind,...): why can't we build thousands of wind turbines off shore instead of drilling?

    April 28, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  47. A.R.P.

    I am amazed that whenever there is a environmental disaster we must sit back and now ask the question rather than being proactive. If ours or any other economy depends on this antiquated fuel, that economy has a very short life span; again reactionary rather than proactive. And perhaps those that do not condemn this disaster and scream for its banning are not residences of the areas that those disasters will affect but rather have monetary stakes in keeping the status-quo. We saw American have become so apathetic towards what happens outside our doorway. The growing fiscal concern over the much needed ecological concerns is a recipe for more disasters. Most young people today do not remember the tears caused by the Exxon Valdez. But now here we are again. There will be many more tears from this spill than that one and how long will we all live under the threat of another accident of even more epic proportions. The world must unite under a common goal; the preservation of our species through the preservation of our planet. Are you folks that promote the continued use of fossil fuels really ready to forsake the Earth for generations to come just to keep your SUV fueled up? Come on; we have got to be smarter than than. we have got to be able to laugh at ourselves for pursuing such a ridiculous ambition for so long. But it is not going to take the government (any government) to make the change. It will have to be a grass-roots movement where ordinary Americans and all citizens of the world realize that they must spend their hard earned money on goods and services that care for the stewardship of the earth and will maintain it for our children's children. To me it is a NO BRAINER; BAN ALL OIL DRILLING.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Reply
  48. Andrew

    I cannot believe how mentally unstable some of you loon enviromentalists are.

    There are tens of THOUSANDS of rigs out in the GOM .... a single, freak accident occurs .... and you want to ban all offshore drilling?

    What's worse is that human life is lost ... the responsible parties are dropping over $60 million per day ( not to mention the 800M rig, and the 4+ Billion in lost production) in clean up efforts .... competing companies are lending a helping hand to BP (all available vessels and manpower) to assist them .... over 200 miles of booms being used to sweep the slick back .... and you're still not satisfied with their efforts?

    No, you're more worried about the bullsharks, and redfish.

    Take a moment to realize that the laptop you're using doesn't run off of wind or solar. Neither does your "Green" Prius. You cannot solve our countries energy needs by wearing all organic hemp clothing.

    Without oil or coal, just about EVERY comfort you have goes away. No more AC. No more cars. No more hot showers or bubble baths. No more electricity. Solar and wind cannot support our electricity needs. Make-up, house-hold cleaners, tires, shingles, asphalt, various other construction materials .... all use petroleum byproducts.

    Are you people ready to live like they do in the jungles of Burma?? I mean, seriously? You think you want that?

    Instead of demonizing an industry that supports your way of life .... try understanding that this event could not have been prevented. Every safety measure was in place .... the well blows out ... there's an explosion. The stories we're hearing are of total blindness from all the smoke. Melting metal falling around them. Men jumping over 90ft to the surface (breaking their legs or worse) to get out of harms way. If there way a way for them to have stopped this ... believe me, they would have.

    Once again, lets not worry about the men who died (or their families) .... lets focus on the sea algae.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  49. Portdal

    BANNED! The world's dependence on oil as an energy source MUST be halted.

    April 28, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Reply
  50. Randall

    Yes. Let's ban offshore drilling...and cars...and trucks...and those nasty bulldozers that rip the earth in little shreds just to build roads....and oh, those terrible polluting farm tractors from John Deere...and we might as well kill those horrible "corporate" farms and go back to having "victory gardens" in our back yards because it won't be economically feasible to transport food from coast to coast anymore.

    Let's engage our brains instead of our emotions and look at this rationally.

    According to the US Energy Information Administration (2007) Oil provided 39%, natural gas 23%, coal 23%, nuclear 8% and renewables the remaining 7% of all fuel consumed in America.

    We have been building renewables like crazy these last ten years and after all this time it only amounts to 7%... and over half of that number comes from Hydro sources which were built many years ago by our less "enlightened" forefathers.

    Renewables can not, and will not, ever succeed in displacing these other sources of energy.

    A more realistic question should be: How can we better prevent oil spills in the future and yet not strangle our own ability to produce oil and gas.

    Or: Why are we allowing enviromentalists to prevent more drilling in the America's largest on-shore oilfield the Bakkens in ND, MT, and WY?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Reply
  51. Richard

    To all of you GREEN-ECOLOGICAL-JUGHEADS out there.
    Wake up, Please!!! Start reading the labels on damn near everything you use. Oil isan ingredient used in just about 75% of your everday life. Ban Drilling and you shut down more than half of the economy not only here in the US but in world as we know it today.
    Go ahead and push the Ban, but don't complain when your freezing in the dark!!!
    DRILL ON BP.........

    April 28, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Reply
  52. Rob B.

    Yes let's ban ALL drilling.
    We won't mind paying $12 a gallon for gas.
    The cost of EVERYTHING will increase 20-30% (due to the new cost of gas). But we have no need to worry, because Obama is in charge and will save all of us! That would be the excuse to nationalize the oil industry. HMMMM...banking, finance, autos, healthcare, possibly oil, I think I'm seeing a pattern here.
    Not to mention the Chinese and Russians are ALREADY in the Gulf of Mexico drilling away. The only difference is that thier governments RECOGNIZE that oil is strategic, and needed for a strong national defense. Wake up people!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  53. Bill T

    -Plastics are made from crude oil.
    -Makeup is made from crude oil.
    -Detergents are made from crude oil.
    -Fertilizers and pesticides are made from crude oil.
    Just to name a few...

    Crude oil is not just used to run our cars, trucks, trains, airplanes and boilers, it is used in the component structures of those items. The keyboard you are typing on comes from crude oil. The sunglasses you wear, the monitor you're reading this on, the bottle you're sipping from. Even the casings on the batteries, the plastic bumpers and dash of your hybrid are made from crude oil!!! Yes, we're much more dependent on oil than people realize. Uninformed responses like those who say "yes, ban it all now!" need to take a good, hard look at their lifestyle. If you want the U.S. to reduce it's dependence on oil, try living your life for just a day without it.

    Having said that, finding alternatives to these applications of crude oil should be a good business and advancements are being made. The best thing we can do right now is support those alternatives so the industry can grow. It's easy to scream and cry; it's much more difficult to change your lifestyle, but that's what can make a difference.

    It is sad to see this happen and I wish the Coast Guard, BP and all others involved the very best of luck in containing and capping this mess. My prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this accident.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  54. Tim M

    Doesn't take long reading these posts to see who is "Drill Baby Drill" does it? Of course this is all the Democrats doing. Right?

    I liked the one about "kill the cow..." that's America today.

    Tim

    April 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  55. Fools

    Yes. let's ban, and then all ride horses.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  56. Tim

    We will never have a complete ban. We do need a ban on any new drilling though. We need laws on population control so that we are able to sustain what we have now for a longer period of time. An increase in population requires an increase in energy production. A decrease in population will grant us a surplus while we create alternatives more in-tune with a sustainable planet. Governments which pay people to procreate at this time need to be held accountable. The era of child support paid for by the taxpayer needs to stop. Only by doing this will the people become responsible. When governments support population growth, governments are creating the problem not correcting it.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  57. Cairns

    I currently reside in Florida and drilling is being considered off of Florida's coast. This will eventually ruin the economy of Florida. Just go to Texas and hit the beach. The water is the color of chocolate and it stinks. You can't go swimming there. Florida depends on tourism and if our waters are no longer blue/green...well, there goes the tourism industry. We need to look at corn. The U.S. literally grows mountains of it and it can easily be turned into fuel. Instead of using corn to feed cattle, chickens and fish (all of which should not be eating corn) let's turn it into something useful. People also shouldn't eat all of these corn products. It's in EVERYTHING. Watch Food, Inc. It is an eye opener. Fructose corn syrup is in countless products. So save our oceans, use corn, but of course, that would hurt our government officials and big business that make money off of oil.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  58. RS

    It can't be banned. Where do you think we get the majority of our domestically produced oil and gas? The Gulf of Mexico. If there is a cessation of drilling and production, then there would be a significant increase on what we would have to pay as consumers. Additionally, we would be even more dependent upon the Middle East for our energy needs.

    April 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  59. Ann

    How stupid to think that we should ban offshore drilling. This was accident and accidents happen all the time. Should we stop flying because the plane might crash? Could you afford to pay $10.00 a gallon for gasoline, over $5.00 for a gallon of milk and so on. I don't think you would. So before you say that we need to ban offshore drilling think about what would happen to this country, how many people would be out of work. Do we want to become totally dependent on foreign countries. I know I don't, we always take care of everyone else but our own country. THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE SAYING THAT WE SHOULD BAN OFFSHORE DRILLING!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  60. kg

    What's that saying...drill baby drill?

    April 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  61. A.R.P.

    It is the fear of change that stagnates a society. Just speaking as a regular Americans, not a paid GOP mouthpiece, it seems to me that all you GOP and pro-oil folks like to smear people for being concerned about ecology. You promote fear and loathing and appear to be gleeful when you create animosity and conflict; why is it that you cannot be tolerant and try to open dialogue rather than rapidly implement "Carl Rowe" tactics? Damn sad way to live as far as I see it. Like it or not you are on the same planet as those of us that give a damn about environmental issues; would you like to ban that SCIENCE(Environmental Science studies and careers are some of the most populated classes in U.S. Universities currently)? Sounds stupid but to some of us it seems that is exactly what you want to have happen. Ban science, replace it with Intelligent Design or whatever other BS spin you put on it to manipulate people's minds. Unfortunately it is people like you that have placed those of us that travel the world at serious risk anymore. Americans are perceived as lunatic Christians that want to monopolize the world's oil. Just imagine for a moment when we do not have oil any longer; it is a very finite resource. What would you do? Well you better ask these questions soon because the end of oil could happen at any moment and we could be plunged into $100 gallon for gas at any time because the oil companies can charge it. Are you prepared for the end of oil? Well there are very few of us that are but if we do not make strides to prepare, who is the fool then?

    April 28, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  62. Michael Kihn

    Ban offshore drilling and risk of environmental problems or continue to fund the middle east terror machine . I'll take offshore drilling any day.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  63. nitemarebyme

    DRILL BABY DRILL

    April 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  64. Grog in Ohio

    Should there be a full ban on off-shore drilling? Yes.

    As an idealistic supporter of President Obama, let me say that I was sorely disappointed when he weakened the off shore drilling ban. In my mind, this is like enabling the behavior of a drug addict. We need a MASSIVE federal effort (yes, teabaggers, a FEDERAL effort) to wean ourselves from dependence on petroleum based energy. Not just for the sake of the planet, not just for the sake of lower costing energy but for the sake of our national security. We can not go on being dependent on unstable foreign governments and their oil production.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  65. rex mckee

    this is exactly why off shore drilling should be forbidden. The risk to the fragile planet is far too great. Let's see how long it takes for BP to raise our gas prices at the pump.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  66. Frank from Harrisonburg

    For absolute environmental safety, it is wise to ban all drilling for oil and gas, close all coal mines, and ban nuclear power plants.
    Is absolute safety worth no lights, no heat, no driving, and no jobs?
    Of course not. All energy sources come with risks, including solar (horrible chemicals used to make solar panels) and wind (billions of dollars in power line construction needed to transfer the power). The best we can do is to lessen the environmental dangers of all of these much needed sources of power.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  67. Sonia

    It should be banned.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  68. Texas Oil

    Another knee jerk reaction from everyone. If you think gasoline is expensive now, wait till future developement of oil reserves is limited. It is tragic that the oil spill occurred, but you cannot simply ban future development due to this accident. They need to try and figure out what caused the explosion and take corrective measures to minimize the occurence of this happening again.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  69. Chad

    Yes, please ban it...and yes.. let the prices go up. Maybe we can actually start building higher quality reusable items again. Maybe people will think twice about buying something from China because it would become too expensive to ship here. We have gotten out of control with our wasteful lifestyle. We all need to be more aware of what goes into the creation of all goods and the real necessity of it all.
    ...and for you drill advocates..
    yes accidents happen, but how much of ever dollar you spend on oil based products do you think is used for environment protective measures...
    don't think they're going to do it from the goodness of their heart. It's not in their interest.
    I say regulate them to death. I'm ready for the price increase, are you?

    April 28, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Reply
  70. susan

    Yes BAN IT! Put the money into developing MASS TRANSIT.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  71. Jay

    We have been drilling offshore for years and years. Accidents happen. We just need to perfect the processes and eliminate the hazards.
    DON'T STOP DRILLING FOR OIL FOR GOD'S SAKE. We have oil right here in the US. Let use that and stop giving our enemies our money.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  72. Mobil 1

    Whats the saying?

    It takes a death at an intersection to get the red light put in.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  73. Stephen Holmes

    There certainly shouldn't be any expanded oil drilling until they can design a better plan for collecting loose oil. Burning if off will still do damage to ocean life and unless I am wrong, it will add to "Global Warming". I'm sure Al Gore is shaking his finger at someone responsible. We should have listened to AL.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  74. David Lane

    It should be banned.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  75. Jeroen

    Banning off shore drilling will bankrupt your country. Suggestion this as an option is ignorant.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  76. a.r.p.

    For the people that are in favor of offshore drilling; I have a home on a barrier island in Louisiana, want to buy it? Insurance will do nothing but not insure it any longer.
    It always comes down to one debate; fiscal responsibility or social. There has never been a society in history that was able to sustain itself by placing fiscal responsibility ahead of social ones. Are we teaching our children that they should make money at whatever cost just to achieve the "Elite" status. If we as a people do not start caring about our neighbors when the crap hits the fan we will be alone. And that means all you Republican and all you Dems have to put aside your differences before it is too late. The whole damn country is fed up with the bickering and slow pace of political progress; progress indeed. So just agree that the human and environmental loss is a terrible thing that should be dealt with. But if we think that we can maintain things as they are for long we are desperately delusional.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  77. Phoenix39

    This is why environmentalists wanted President Obama to ban offshore drilling–I hope he has paid attention to this. Stress, like he said he would, more hybrid cars to get rid us of the need for oil.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  78. Jackie

    BANNED!!

    April 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Reply
  79. Stephen A. Olcott

    Please get this to the right people,
    Sprinkle on the oil slick and the crude. Corn husk cat litter on oil spill. There are numerous brands of organic materials made of corn and even pine shredded chips, that are harmless to the water and environment, that absorb 2 to 4 times their weight, that won't sink with the crude before it hits the shores along the Gulf Coast, also shredded hay absorbs oil sliks on the surface; increases=burn rate and will create tar clumps.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Reply
  80. Tom for NOVA

    I cannot help but notice that the oil slick is expanding and threatening the economics of the tea bag heartland. Maybe Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour and Marco Rubio could organize a bake sale to pay for the cleanup.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  81. Matt

    Not to sound too harsh, but some of you commenters are absolutley nuts.

    Ban offshore drilling? NO – that's nuts. Someone mentioned paying $10 for a gallon of gas. That's laughable. More like $50-$100 per gallon.

    Sure, renewable sources are a better option, when they are a VIABLE option. I know, I know, you read an article and now you're an expert on renewable / alternative energy sources. Guess what – I'm an engineer and have done studies with a group of other engineers. The same energy we get from a $50 barrel of oil costs about $800 when you're using wind power. $1000 when you're talking solar.

    Until renewables are a viable source of energy, we have to keep drilling. Drilling itself is clean and safe and this is one unfortunate accident that is one-in-a-million.

    Please don't post uninformed opinions.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  82. Stephen A. Olcott

    Please get this to the right people,
    Sprinkle Corn Husk cat litter on the oil slick crude. Corn mill cat litter on oil crude . There are numerous brands of organic materials made of corn and even pine shredded chips, that are harmless to the water and environment, that clump as they absorb 2 to 4 times their weight, won't sink with the crude before it hits the shores along the Gulf Coast. Also shredded hay absorbs oil on the surface; increases=burn rate and will create tar clumps. Clay litter worked on the West Coast, but the Gulf has the oyster farms to protect. The military can do this and Arm and Hammer and the other companies make tons of the products within range.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  83. Betty W.

    Yes, it should be banned. And why is our tax money (by way of the US Coast Guard being used to clean up the mess. It should be the oil company or the company that provided the equipment and rig that should pay for the clean-up. These things will continue to happen at our expense if they are not held responsible for their actions.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  84. Keith

    Like a heroin junkie, we can't go cold turkey without sending our economy into convulsions. However, like a junkie dealing with an overdose, increasing the amount of product we use and procure is absolutely the wrong way to go. This is just one of the many symptoms of a sick and ailing macro-economy that is completely intoxicated by its chemical dependence on oil. Politicians need to do the right thing, send the nation into rehab, and hold tight for a year or two while the country sweats its way through withdrawal.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  85. Tony

    No, offshore drilling should continue. While we must find ways to control spills if they do happen or better yet, measures to minimize this happening again. I am tired of you environmentalist costing this country billions of dollars each year to protect something while Americans suffer the cost. Get your head out of the sand and help find solutions, not destroy American freedom and the ability to be self sufficient.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  86. Hector Torres

    There is no rational way we can stop offshore drilling, while trying to satisfy our gargantuan energy consumption needs. Until such time that viable alternatives are implemented and proven sustainable, offshore drilling must continue, notwithstanding the risks.

    April 28, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  87. pweinnc

    Cairns

    "Instead of using corn to feed cattle, chickens and fish (all of which should not be eating corn) "

    What do you want them to eat ?

    and I like my corn flakes !

    April 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  88. Bisqueen23

    Sorry guys. I live in Louisiana. My husband works in the oil industry and my work is related to it. This is a very rare incident. This does not happen every day. This has been a heartbreaking incident and may well be an ecological nightmare for those of us along the Gulf Coast. But you cannot throw the baby out with the bathwater. As Frank from Harrisburg sated, all energy sources come with risks. The people of Louisiana have been aware of this for many years and now maybe the rest of the country is becoming aware of it.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  89. Florence

    Yes, there should be a full ban on off-shore drilling and President Obama should stop trying to please the Republican's love for "drill baby drill". President Obama, let’s forget about bi-partisan diplomacy with Republicans. If they were so great and cared about us and the planet, we wouldn’t be in these situations that we are today. Republicans had their chance for eight years and they blew it. Now it’s your chance to cater to people who care and give a … about other things rather than their own personal pockets.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Reply
  90. Tom

    Stop whining about the problems with production unless you are comfortable with going without: affordable food, goods made containing synthetics, or personal transportation using fuel. Electric or bio-fuels are still a curiosity needing decades yet to transition to the mainstream. Go digging with Google and find out what you can do yourself to make a personal difference!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  91. A.R.P.

    It will not be long before we forget about getting oil and search for water. It is damn hard to live without clean water and seeing that almost 34% of the world's drinking water is desalinated from oceans and seas this topic is most relevant. Then there is food; as a 40 year veteran fisherman, I can assure you that fish and oil only work in a frying pan. So think about it, all you folks that see OIL as LIFE; can we afford to lose even a part of the available resources of food and water in lei of oil? As I see it, water and food are essential to life; oil is not. I believe that we as humans can do better. But we have to be willing to let go of fear; fear of not having the big house, the SUV, laptop, or whatever modern gadget we have, as necessary components to life. I believe that we have to resolve the problems in our environment to sustain life then look to those gadgets that make our lives easier; again fiscal responsibility or social; the choice should not be left to a few (people / countries), but rather all people to work it out together.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  92. amh

    To those who propose a ban on offshore drilling, get your candles, scrub boards, and horse and wagons out. No bicycles because petrochemicals are needed to make tires.. I live in South Louisiana and my husband works in the Gulf on an oil rig. I am so proud of the work he does. We will gladly keep all the oil and natural gas produced off our coast right here at home and let the Yanks and tree huggers fend for themselves. This nation relies on coal, oil, and natural gas for power and fuel. Until you are ready to live like Fred Flintstone, don't talk to me about banning offshore drilling.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  93. Elaine Kelley

    Yes, ban offshore oil drilling AND automobiles. There is so much that should be banned, but greed and selfishness will allow business to go on as usual. More catastrophes coming our way. Oh, and thanks Obama, for endorsing more offshore drilling and more nuclear power plants, the latter having even greater potential for mass destruction.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Reply
  94. Teresa Wells Manahan

    I think President Obama should back off his plan to lift bans from off-shore drilling. He promised us clean energy during the campaign!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  95. Ari in Ohio

    Drill baby drill Sarah Palin....what now?

    April 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Reply
  96. Rebecca Swan

    I live on the coast. Burning that oil slick is the STUPIDIST idea I ever heard. Have you ever seen oil burning? I have and the idea that you are sure you can control it is insane. Even if they do succeed in burning a section of it, then what? It's still leaking. Burn every day? What is that doing to the environement (air is environment, too)?

    This is to protect the rich folks who own the fishing rights along the coast and the tourist business. Of course, the oil slick will hurt the birds and fishes but they're going to be hurt by the burn, too.

    Drilling in the gulf has always been a bad idea and if we don't stop it now, might as well torch the whole thing and get it over with.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  97. Graham

    Leaking oil wells, ruptured tankers, destroyed sensitive ecosystems, polution, particulates, wars and global warming, how long before we realise that oil does more harm than good? Instead of spending billions on off shore oil exploration why not spend the money on renewable energy sources instead? Even nuclear is less environmerntally damaging than oil (under strict safety controls and proper storage). Which parts of the world are going to be destroyed next? Alaska? Caribbean beaches? Coral reefs? Stop drilling for oil now !

    April 28, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  98. Joe

    Anyone who thinks offshore oil drilling is safe should visit this site listing drilling disasters around the world:

    http://www.oilrigdisasters.co.uk/

    Joe

    April 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  99. John

    Being that Alabama, Texas and panhandle FLA are flat, ugly, redneck, rightwing states-with only a few hot chicks-let em' burn and globulate their coastlines. I believe theat's what they call real southern barbeque. The rest of the country can tax their pollution and watch them wither into a new country-with Mexico City as their capital..you can't get dirtier than that!!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  100. Mike

    What I dont understand, is why even Obama's commitment to renewables is only lukewarm at best, when the alternatives (like offshore drilling) are non-sustainable in the long-term. Us, or are children, are eventually going to have to move to a sustainable energy infrastructure to keep our economies running, and there appears to be few benefits to delaying that switch. Why are we allowing offshore drilling and investing in subsidies to oil companies, when that money would be better spent improving public transit in the suburbs, subsidizing electric cars, supporting local agriculture, and propping up new ventures in recycling, energy storage, and electric vehicles, just to name a few areas that are just finally starting to grow. We need these things much more than we need quick, cheap oil – higher petroleum prices will only create more incentive conservation and innovation.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  101. john

    Oil spills have always been a concern for environmetally sensitive people, and as it turns out again and again: they are right.

    Unless oil companies can demonstrate that they can safely operate off-shore oil wells, they should not be allowed to drill.

    The problem is too few politicians care. Especially the conservative variety. They have no problem keeping their eyes closed as long as their little world is not threatened....

    April 28, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Reply
  102. dan

    Funny we have been drilling off of LA coast for what 50 years and this is the worse that has happened? Even Katrina didn't cause a major spill. We need oil and we need to drill..I fish around these rigs every chance I get and promise you they are good for the fish..this spill this "disaster" hasn't reached land or cause any major damage outside of the lost of life of the 11 missing workers. I for one like cars, light, heat , AC etc.. The future needs to be a alternate form of energy but that is in the future.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  103. Milt

    A bunch of whiners. Why don't you know-it-all anti drilling people just stop driving cars.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Reply
  104. Andrew

    Environmentally sure a ban would be great, but I think the economic consequences of such an action would be horrendous. The demand for petroleum based products is very non-elastic, so decreasing supply dramatically results in a very large jump in prices of oil derivatives. Beyond that it would obviate 10's of billions in oil exploration efforts. A huge number of people are employed domestically in oil/gas production. If you don't like the consequences of oil drilling you have to change the demand side of the equation. There are a lot of good reasons for us to want to lower our dependence on oil(things that you don't have to be a tofu farting eco fool to appreciate). Not the least of which is that paranoid crazy nasty hypocritical homicidal Muslim religious zealots control a good portion of the supply and making them richer is a really bad idea to the health of the world. Lowering our dependence on oil is clearly something many diverse groups of Americans want. It's no simple task, but we are moving that way slowly.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Reply
  105. Ryan

    To be honest, I really don't think we should be complaining about offshore drilling. Sarah Palin is up in Alaska trying to destroy that beautiful state by turning it into one big pipeline. The offshore platforms are out of the way, and unfortunately, things like this do happen. An offshore platform that is safe (i.e. not blowing up), is a lot safer for the environment than drilling in Alaska. Offshore drilling will never be banned for that reason. I mean, do we really have a choice?? It's obviously the lesser of two evils.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Reply
  106. Jim

    every thing we use requires oil either to be made or to function, I love my planet but lets not be stupid, unless you'd like torevert back to the stone age

    April 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  107. Richard

    To all you ECO-IDIOTS out there.
    You' re the first to bash us "Oil Folk" yet you are the very ones that sit back in your caves enjoy the end products we supply.
    You Say FINITE. What's not? Oil has been around for 500-Plus million years. We're just in a small phase of life on this planet. You want change. So do we. We're waiting on all you brilliant folk to come up with something better. You say it's going to destroy our tourism. If you can't get to your lust beaches & million dollar condos there is no tourism. You say you travel the world looking for a better way. HOW?
    When you get that Matter Transponder built & perfected, "Gimme a call, I'll fly with ya! Until then why don't you sit down a think a bit before you want to shut down the planet and go back to the stone ages.
    You call us Greedy! We all have to make a living. We're not Greedy, we are REALIST living in todays world just like you. The only difference is we're keeping you warm, fed & happy(Well some of you)
    God Bless the Oil & Energy Industry and all of those who work and support it.....Drill On, Drill On, Drill On........

    April 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  108. Dee

    I think it should be banned. If we hadn't wasted so much time over debate we could have the majority of our energy coming from wind and solar, and wouldn't even need off shore drilling sites. But greed is popular in today's culture, and sadly it will be all of us who pay the price for this greed.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Reply
  109. oil lover

    I guess 99% of these folks don't know how much oil is needed here in the US. If we stop off-shore drilling, we can just buy more oil from Iran and the middle east, Yea, let's do that, that makes as much sense as what most of you folks recommend!

    April 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  110. mike d

    The over dependence on oil is crazy but banning offshore drilling is not realistic. The world as it is right now is dependent on oil, economies, societies are fueled by oil (and the products it produces) whether we like it or not. Anyone who thinks a full ban on offshore drilling is a great idea needs to come up with solid, practical solutions to take oil's place. Not in the future, but now. Otherwise they're just living in a fantasy world.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  111. Cary

    Ban driving under the age of 21, charge $5,000 for a drivers license and put a $2 a gallon tax on fuel. Those platforms will disappear by themselves.

    April 28, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  112. Maria in Olympia, WA

    This is a no brainer. Like after a child poisons him self and the parents say we should have locked up the medicine cabinet. DUGH!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  113. amosgardner

    You know all those BP commericals and reports saying how new technologies have made it safer to drill and we shouldn't worry about it. LIES.
    You know all those politicans who argue for "energy independence" yet sell our off shore waters to international companies. LIARS.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  114. Dave Rauschkolb

    The oil companies have been flooding America with advertising touting cleaner, safer, newer drilling techniques. This is the second “blowout” of this kind. Six months ago off the coast of Australia a similar explosion and ensuing fire happened; it took three months to stop that oil leak. The oil companies have clearly been pushing the limits with this new technology and now we all have to live with the consequences of their mistakes.

    In this election year any Legislator in Florida who voted in favor of lifting the bans on near and off shore oil drilling in will find it very difficult to wash the oil from their hands now.

    Every tourism business along the Gulf coast is at risk. Every living sea creature and waterfowl along our coastline is at risk.

    Yes, opening up any more areas to oil drilling is pure folly. The entire Gulf coast is at risk both environmentally and it's tourism season could be destroyed. If this rig had been 3 miles off Florida's coast we would already have oil on our beaches. We must not allow any more drilling anywhere near Florida.

    Last February we had Thousands of Floridians join hands on the Beaches of Florida from Jacksonville to Miami and Key West to Pensacola united against opening up more areas to drilling in Florida.
    Interestingly not one major news outlet covered the event. It was the largest gathering of Floridian's in the history of our state against drilling.

    Please, President Obama and Florida's leaders. Stop this insanity.

    Dave Rauschkolb,
    Founder, Hands Across The Sand
    http://www.handsacrossthesand.org

    April 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  115. David

    Drill, baby drill. is stupid, baby stupid. this practice needs to be banned. we don't possess enough oil in our country to be energy independent until we acknowledge that as a society we will continue to damage our ecology and give our money to terrorist harboring countries (ie, all middle eastern countries find cause to donate money to the terrorist networks, saudi arabia included). its time to make a real change in direction and we have to confront the business as usuall GOP and oil mafia on this. we need to get off of petroleum and move to solar, electric, nuclear and biomass (GTL, CTL). Biomass is the ugliest baby we have but its a big, big baby. This is a national security imperative as much as it is environmental.

    these offshore accidents pose serious long-term problems. Continued offshore drilling is equivalent to the smoker saying why quit I don't have cancer yet. The military in onschedule to be on a 50/50 petroleum/biomass blend for all military vehicles by the end of the year. This includes aircraft, tanks, trucks, humvees, etc,,,.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  116. Bill Wear

    The unfortunate part of all this: we've brought ourselves to a level of reliance on oil that makes a ban unrealistic. If we don't drill, more American jobs are lost and our independence is diminished, possibly even threatening our sovereignty. If we do, we face the (admittedly slight) risk of another accident and stand to further our devil-may-care attitude, sending misery down the line to our great-grandchildren. The real bottom line? This matters. A hundred years from now, either decision has terrible consequences. Rational ignorance has to be set aside, and fast.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Reply
  117. doubledoc

    Ridiculous question...perhaps if you want to run all motor driven vehicles on natural gas or wind which environmentalists don't even want off Cape Cod! Mike D said it right. Not close to feasible.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  118. JD

    This whole thing is a joke and just shows not just americans but every human on this planet is responsible. Now I am no different from anyone else on this planet as which most share the same views as I do when something like this happens but I definitely try to do my part and be aware. Ie. seeing people walk all over a reef at a nature preserve in hawaii, when it says clearly stay off the reef. However with all the different people we share this world with nothing is safe. The human race as a whole needs to get its act together. We have the technology and resources for cleaner better energy, will they ever be released? Probably not, why? Well the oil companies need money, we can't go releasing free clean energy to everyone because then what happens? Then our whole society and way of living comes to a halt because we have to take the time and create new jobs but all people are greedy and demand instant gratification. So that wont fly. Yes this isn't a perfect world, it could be close to it if people worked together instead of for personal gain. So just keep cutting down trees and showing it on discovery channel and keep drilling and ruining our oceans. What's going to happen when we've drilled everywhere and oil is no more? It's not going to be pretty that is for sure. The planet would be a better place with out us on it. All we seem to do is reproduce, consume, waste and destroy, wash rinse and repeat. Soon our planet is going to look like the moon

    April 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  119. John Mercado

    The Oil industry rules the weak U.S. government like the banking industry; wait for the Republicans to come out in their defence. The government estimated that drilling off shore(opening all areas to off shore drilling) would drop gas prices at the pump a few cents in ten years. This was before the Democrats relented on the Republicans relentless push for the off shore drilling changed the laws. With market volatility changing oil prices arbitrarily over a few months by a dollar or more it is not going to help. People need to start driving more economical cars and more public transportation needs to be built.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  120. Gord in Alberta

    Yes! Please ban off-shore drilling. You'll become even more dependant on our precious "dirty" oil sands!! It's a "no brainer" alright! It's impossible for you guys to stop consuming like you do. You are so completely mis-informed on the reality of your own situation when it comes to where your oil supplies actually come from that it is astounding.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  121. Frank Morganti

    It's a shame that we don't better utilize our good common sense . All too often we wait for a disaster to occur before we change. Offshore drilling was always a bad idea and still is for many reasons such as: global warming (carbon emissions), oil spills and related damage to the fishing industries, tourism, beach damage, etc. The "drill baby drill" message should be widely accepted as misleading and false. Alternate energy sources is t he answer and our future. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's approval today of the nation's first offshore wind farm in Cape Cod is what this country wants and needs, based on the fact that this was one of the campaign promises that resulted in President Obama being elected.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Reply
  122. tom

    yes, ban it then invest in horse n buggy companies because that is what we will be getting around in , then prepare for tripleing your electric and heating bills. then only the mega rich will be able to afford to fly also. wake up people . those of you who want to ban it, how much are you willing to sacrifice? your lifestyle would change very dramatically real quick. remeber when Katrina took out a few rigs for a week. gas prices went up a buck overnight!

    April 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  123. John Mercado

    Don't drill baby!

    April 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  124. B

    Tree Huggin sissies....even your Yaris takes gasoline

    April 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  125. bfr

    Thank You Mr. Crist for voting on this bill to allow drilling in the Gulf of exico! This is excactly why you should have voted against the bill. You will not be in office long! :+{

    April 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  126. Jim K

    Perhaps there should only be a ban on incompetence in the oil industry.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  127. Mary form illinois

    I voted for Obama and i am so sorry i did !!!!!!!He is also in the back pocket of the oil companies!! He said he would explore other sources of energy!!Our oceans + seas our in big trouble already from marine debris,over fishing,farm run ,off lawn chemicals +global warming!!! I have been into the envirorment since the 70s, nothing is changing for the better.Obama is a liar ,we should not be able to drill offshore + what a stupid statement to say its ok because its in a red state.I do not care about the human toll,all i care about is wildlife + trying to keep our blue planet healthy!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  128. Donna

    THE US MUST STOP RELIANCE ON FOSSIL FUELS AND IMPLEMENT CLEAN ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES, SUCH AS WIND, SOLAR, FUEL CELL, AND OTHERS YET TO BE DISCOVERED. HOW MANY OIL SPILLS HAVE TO BE ENDURED BEFORE ANYONE GETS THIS?

    April 28, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  129. Chad Duncan

    Nylon-Made from Crude Oil
    Polyester-Made from Crude Oil

    Is what we need to do is cut down on the use of Crude Oil.Polester and Nylon could be replaced with Wool,Fur,Cotton,and Hemp.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  130. Carol Lloyd

    If we were more proactice rather than a reactive society we would realize that just because congress passed laws that said we could drill doesnt me we should. I am not one who favors the unlimited use of fossil fuels. Thats insane. But, we are not at a point yet where we can totally ban drilling for oil offshore. Sad but true. This should be a strong wake up call for all of us that safety and this planet we call home should always be the first priority and not profit. I would favor a limited number of licences to drill offshore in our waters be restricted to a limited number each year and safety and the eviiorment should have the first consideration when it comes to any offshore site in our waters. I really cant believe there was not a plan in place prior to this accident. We are again in uncharted wathers and it has already cost us the lives of 11 workers on this rig and in terms of cleanup and damage to industries along the gulf coast has yet to be counted. As always all comments are welcome and respected.

    April 28, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  131. Amy Ginkel

    Ban them all!!! Apparhently they have never tested any of their "backup measures" to prevent disaster. I'm so sick and tired of the oil industry raping our planet for the almighty dollar! Shame on all of you!

    April 28, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Reply
  132. a.r.p.

    B.P. is majorly owned by the Saudis. Talk about a threat to national security. How about you "Greedy Oil Folk"; can we allow an Islamic oriented government (make no mistake about it, Islam does not want peace without capitulation) drilling for oil to fuel their causes and potentially poisoning a great resource for the US at the same time? And if so what are the consequences of that?

    April 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  133. gking

    Sure. Ban drilling. Just as soon as our civilization quits using oil. It would be easy.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  134. K. Parks, Franklin TN

    Yes, absolutely off-shore drilling must stop. If we have to drill, then drill in some remote areas of land. Contaminating the sea is criminal.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  135. Robert E Chaffee

    I thought we just went through this with the President...." IF THEY DRILL THEY WILL SPILL !!!" HELLO ! IS THERE ANYONE OUT THERE! "OR ARE WE TALKING TO THE WALL HERE???!"

    April 28, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  136. Mike

    Instead of focusing on banning drilling more attention needs to be put on safety elements and practices that prevents spills from taking place. I myself would be much more seceptable to paying a little extra tax anually for research and development so that when some thing like this happens again (which it will) oil companies are forced to take extra precautions that will prevent the spill from spreading. perhaps retainer walls,better safety shut off valves etc... I am certainly NOT for adding more wells at this time. Obama needs to make sure our enviroment is safe before any more drilling is done. lets come up with tried and true methods of containment before we drill any more. we want to make America more INDEPEDENT not depedent. Think about it!!!!!! pay a little extra to keep what we have or send the money over seas to pay someone else for what they have???? There is enough of that going on already!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  137. Shirley Reid

    Yes, the use of oil should be banned period. Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Tsunamis, Hurricanes and NOW OILS SPILLS. How does one explain this stuff to a ten year old? She says, why don't we use solar power? Someday there will be vigilante groups who roam the land punishing people who waste electricity and fuel...

    April 28, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  138. Brandon

    It is amazing to read the comments. Ban offshore drilling. Yes, by all means do so. But at the same time, ban automobiles, electric generating plants, air flight, meal preparation, food processing, water processing, planting, farming, television, telephones, wireless, heating, a/c, etc. All of these industries as well as all of us rely on hydrocarbons (oil, natural gas, coal, etc.) as fuel.

    And "they", "industries", etc., provide jobs for all of us to live. If you want to go back 2000 years and just survive, be my guest. I don't want to. I like our standard of living. Quit whining.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  139. miguel

    Why should you guys jump the gun with a "full" ban on drilling. I don't support most off-shore drilling, but what is done, must be done in a manner that isn't beholden to profit, but to science and benign consequences. The oceans, it must be said are dying from man's rapacious needs, this could be just another type and continuation of the degradation of the oceanic systems.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Reply
  140. JourneyHome

    You all better get mean and loud or that 42,000 gallons a day is coming to your state – they drill off your coast, cut regulatory corners as much as possible, hire cheap labor and expect tax payers to pick up the bill when they spill the oil. Plus the money they make comes from a resource off your coast and goes into banks in TEXAS. They don't give a rat’s ass about your tourist industry, your quality of life, the health of your fishing industry or if your food chain has been decimated and contaminated.

    They are carpet baggers who pull out of their home port on their huge gas guzzling yachts and sail luxuriously to the Caribbean or south pacific – the last places on earth they haven't totally destroyed. Don't turn your State over to the profit before people whores.

    Paul Burke
    Author-Journey Home

    April 28, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  141. Harper

    I live in Biloxi – directly center to where this spill is heading. If it makes it to shore it will be devestating to the entire Gulf Coast and our barrier islands. We are just getting back to where we needed to be from Katrina on the coast and this will completly knock out our tourism and seafood industry. There should have been something in place to protect our coastline from this.

    April 28, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Reply
  142. John

    I work for a big oil company – and drive a Prius. Thanks to all of you who get less than 45mpg for keeping us busy! Keep in mind that nobody on that platform wanted to die or be injured, and the owners of that "cash cow" didn't want it to sink!

    April 28, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  143. sjacobs

    Sure - let's ban offshore drilling. Oh, and you can put your car in the garage, along with your lawnmower, boat, and some of your appliances - you won't need them anymore.

    By the way, would you stop flying if there was a plane crash in the Gulf og Mexico????

    April 28, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  144. sjacobs

    Sure - let's ban offshore drilling. Oh, and you can put your car in the garage, along with your lawnmower, boat, and some of your appliances - you won't need them anymore.

    By the way, would you stop flying if there was a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico????

    April 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  145. Elizabeth

    What does Sarah Palin have to say now? "Drill Baby Drill"???? Let us not ever forget where her interests lie.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Reply
  146. Mary Vegan in illinois

    I agree with Chad on the cotton + hemp-But fur ???Do you know how they kill the animals for fur???You may want to goggle it, they shock them in the anus it is very painful, we need to go back to living simple again.Also solar + wind would not be so expensive if everyone used it,anything is expensive until we have a bigger market for it !Also whats wrong with riding horses instead of cars,then maybe Canada + China would Quit eating those beautiful creatures!!!!!!! NO MORE OFF SHORE DRILLING LEAVE ARE OCEANS ALONE!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  147. Julie, Cape Coral, FL

    I do not believe the public will support drilling when the full effects of this disaster become known. I fear we haven't seen anything yet – but if the oyster and shrimp beds from Mississippi and LA are destroyed, along with the wildlife that is going to killed – the pictures will live with us for another 50 years at least.
    There is no amount of oil worth the damage and destruction this will cause.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  148. Vid

    My comment is directed to Gord. You act as if We (Americans) are the only consumers in North America. I agree that banning oil drilling in the gulf is not a viable option. Renewable energy sources cannot sustain us. But resent the snobbish Canadian mind set, that you in the great north are so much better than we in the USA.
    I have even heard the comment "That is so American" as to imply disdain. Canada is VERY dependant on the US for ,oh lets see decent medical care that you needn't wait 6 months for.

    For the rest of the people that are pro- banning of drilling. How about you stop using electric, stop driving, grow your own food so as not to use plastic containers, and wear only hemp cloths or loincloth.

    Believe it or not much of what you use every day is derived from oil. Clothes, plastic, most glues, and of course your freaking heat and AC.
    If you really want to ban drilling then give up ALL your modern conveniences and live like the 1800's Oh wait no Kerosene lamps.

    April 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  149. Christian J

    Those who say they are for banning offshore drilling are idiots! Of course we all want to protect our environment and all but you have to be realistic, people! These are the same dumbasses that will cry first when gasoline hits $5.00 a gallon! Y'all are a bunch of hypocrites!

    April 28, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  150. T

    This should be a wake-up call. It's time to move on to cleaner energy and reduce our dependance on oil. Less oceans trashed, less pollution, less international conflict...

    April 28, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  151. Gord in Alberta

    Vid – You are completely wrong about most Canadians, including myself. We have the largest undefended border in the world because we are your gereatest allies. My comments are directed at those that don't understand how much oil you NEED and where your options are for getting it. You NEED your own oil from the Gulf of Mexico. And as your largest supplier of Oil, you pretty much NEED our oil as well. The poeple on this blog that blindly insist on banning all offhsore drilling are the same uneducated masses that demand that we stop managing our oilsands resource. I'm sick and tired of your "dirty oil" campaign against us – your best and closest allie in the world. No question that we all NEED to work harder to find better solutions to problems such as this, but to always just blindly demand that offshore drilling be banned or that oil sands derived oil be boycotted it foolish, impractical and completly misguided. I am extremely proud of the efforts that we have made in Alberta in the last decade to improve how we bring oil sands derived oil to market and I am very confident that we will continue to make progress at becoming more efficient in every way. I am certain that off-shore drilling is also much improved in the last decade, but it is difficult to forsee every possible problem that can occur. Blowouts such as this one are very very rare. As a side note – you are basing your view on our health care system on very limited information. Asa country of only 30 million we simply don't have all of the resources that your privately funded system has in the US. I can only speak for myslef and my direct family, but we have never waited or wanted for any medical care in Canada that we have not required and I am speaking for 3 generations. don't fall into the trap of blindly making statements based upon one media report like your "ban off-shore" drilling neighbors. but I still hold my point – you are welcome to ban all -offshore drilling and dirty oil as well and I'm sure your "friends" in the middle east would be more than happy have a larger share of your business.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  152. Johh D. Mann

    Gulf Spill Has Ignited Opposition to Offshore Oil Drilling in California.

    A Proposal to Drill in California Sanctuary Waters Too Dangerous for the Environment.

    The Gulf tragedy and environmental catastrophe now unfolding off the coast of Louisiana further highlights why new offshore oil drilling off the California coast should not be allowed according to Assemblymember Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara).

    "There is a lesson to be learned from this tragic loss of life and catastrophic spill in the Gulf,” said Assemblymember Nava. “This horrific incident, claiming 11 lives, pouring 1,000 barrels of crude a day into the ocean, and spreading over 28 thousand square miles should serve to remind us all why the State of California has not allowed any new drilling in state waters for the last 41 years.”

    Nava has led the opposition of more than 100 environmental groups to a proposal by Plains Exploration and Production Company (PXP) to drill for oil in California Coastal Sanctuary Waters on a platform located only 3 miles from the Santa Barbara coast. If this proposal is approved, it would be the only new offshore oil drilling in state waters on the entire West Coast.

    The PXP “Tranquillon Ridge” proposal was rejected last year on a 2 to 1 vote by the three-member California State Lands Commission (SLC) because it had unenforceable public benefits, dubious environmental mitigation, and it significantly increased the risk of oil spills off the coast.

    Assemblymember Nava continued, “The proposal offered by the Environmental Defense Center and PXP would allow 28 to 30 new oil wells less than 3 miles off the California coast. The Gulf spill is 40 miles from land. Imagine if a spill of the magnitude now occurring in the Gulf happened from PXP’s rig.”

    This year marked the 41st anniversary of the Santa Barbara oil spill when more than 3 million gallons of oil choked 35 miles of California’s coastline causing a path of destruction never before seen in our nation’s history. The carcasses of dolphins and seals washed ashore and countless birds, fish and other wildlife were drenched in oil. The spill and its aftermath galvanized the country, raised environmental awareness, and was the catalyst to the modern environmental movement in the United States.

    On Friday, April 30, at Hermosa Beach City Hall, in Hermosa Beach, California, from 1pm to 4pm, Assemblymember Nava, Chair, of the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety & Toxic Materials, will conduct an investigative hearing regarding the public health and environmental threats posed by oil drilling. Regulators, oil Industry, environmental and community representatives will be testifying.

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    April 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  153. Tim in FL

    Let's see - ask a question like this on a liberal news site, and see which way the answers lean. Consider reality: accidents do happen, and banning all offshore drilling because of one accident makes as much sense as banning all automobiles because of one crash. The fact is, our society needs oil. Lots of it. If we don't get it from our own sources, we buy it from the Middle East, Canada, Russia or Chavez. Why ban it here, just to put more money in their economies? We'd be better off perfection American engineering expertise to prevent and control the rare spills, and yes, drill baby drill. We NEED more oil from our own sources, so we can cut off the economic feeding we give the Middle East, and render them irrelevant. Our society isn't all shifing to alternative energy sources immediately; that will take decades once we find an economical way to it. And that hasn't happened yet.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  154. Joe

    I'm looking out at the Gulf near Orange Beach right now. I know what's out there and what it is doing. No one has a right to decide for us on the coast how we should care for our home. I'm not going to tell people in Arizona they are wrong to pass immigration laws cause I don't live there. So don't tell me we should have to lose our jobs, wildlife and wetlands for an energy source that should have been phased out twenty years ago. It's supposed to be America the beautiful. Not America the lazy, ignorant and greedy.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Reply
  155. Brendan OToole

    I think there should be a full ban on off-shore drilling. But lets be realistic, thats never going to happen because this situation is no different then the exxon-valdez spill. Money is all they care about and while that is going to be the case always they are going to have and continue to have clout in washington. The enviroment to them equals dollar signs and damned everything and everyone who stands in their way.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  156. sheril Mcfee

    Mr. Obama are you happy now. Thank you for doing the GOP's dirty work. Good work..

    April 28, 2010 at 9:56 pm | Reply
  157. Natasha

    Goodbye, offshore drilling, hello wind, solar, and tidal power.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  158. Josh

    This situation highlights the need to hasten the development of alternative energy sources. It would be nice to say ban all off-shore drilling right now, but it's not realistic to expect that to happen. What we need to do is to eliminate the need for offshore drilling as quickly as we can.

    April 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  159. Carlos Suarez

    Mishaps are part of life, the truth is that these accidents do not happen often enough for the current outrage. There are more airliner accidents than they are ocean oil spills, should we not fly?

    April 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  160. Ian

    No way do Americans want a ban – for economic, political and even environmental reasons! Here are six reasons a ban is a really bad idea:
    1) Very quickly, when the price of gas (remember supply and demand?) goes up over five dollars per gallon, the will to support the ban would be gone, but in the meantime, so would our jobs and offshore infrastructure. There would be hundreds of billions of lost tax and oil revenue along with higher prices and huge layoffs at home.
    2) Shipping oil in large quantities around the world is MUCH RISKIER then drilling and producing. Note that it would take 260 days of existing leakage to equal one Valdez incident and this leak will hopefully never get anywhere close to that. Its a bad spill, but not as bad as one caused by a big tanker. Look at the total amount of oil spillage from all first-world operations over the last twenty years and compare this to the volume of spillage from tankers over the same time. Gee, maybe we should do more offshore drilling (safely) and decrease our overall environmental risk even more!
    3) Most of North America’s oil and gas reserves are offshore. Cutting off this supply would increase our consumption of foreign oil and lose more money to foreign interests. Vast billions more dollars would be sent to 3rd world nations to support our oil habit.
    4) Worldwide, the offshore oil industry actually has a pretty good record in the last fifteen years or so – and this incident will force more local process improvements, like Piper Alpha did in the North Sea back in 1988.
    5) A catastrophe of this nature is typically caused by a string of smaller problems multiplying upon each other. If we want to do nuclear energy safely, we MUST be able to manage big complex safety issues very very well. Our response to this incident can set the stage for how we manage nuclear plant issues better too. And yes, it is important we understand and resolve the direct and indirect issues that precipitated this disaster.
    6) When very environmentally conscious nations like Norway, the UK and the Netherlands can and do safely drill for offshore oil, I think America can too.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  161. Jenny

    No, it should be enabled and encouraged and done in a safe way. We need to be independent of oil from hostile nations. In view of the current government's opposition to drilling for our own oil, and the massive threat to Democrats looming in November, one has to wonder what caused this explosion. Bad publicity for oil drilling will be convenient for this government. It will be interesting to see what the investigation comes up with and whether it appears to have any integrity.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  162. Jon Vandiveer

    We don't need domestic oil rigs making our country look ugly, we should pay other countries to deface their landscape without any regulation or thought to the environment. That way we can spread our money around the globe and help poor impoverished countries like Saudi Arabia build more water parks.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Reply
  163. todd

    Just wandering if Republicans(Palin) are still saying "Drill, Baby Drill"???

    April 28, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  164. jjbrick

    yes! it should be!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  165. Dennis C

    NO! Anyone that does believe it banning it hasn't put much thought into it...just like they didn't put any thought into it when they voted for obama.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:20 pm | Reply
  166. Julie, Tennesse

    The fact is that offshore drilling accounts for a minute percentage of US oil consumption. Last year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration report, “Impact of Limitations on Access to Oil and Natural Gas Resources in the Federal Outer Continental Shelf” analyzed the difference between full offshore drilling and restriction to offshore drilling. In 2020, there is no impact on gasoline prices (right hand column). In 2030, US gasoline prices would be three cents a gallon lower. Woohoo!

    The obvious risks involved to our precious oceans and marine life clearly outweigh the short term profits the Big Oil companies will reap. Unfortunately, our President and Congress seem to be in the pocket of big corporations in most cases.

    And to Vid – the fact is that if hemp were legalized in the United States, many of those modern conveniences you glorify oil for would be available at cheaper prices and with much less damage to the environment and health of the citizens of our nation. Once again, big corporate interests using their money to demonize and prohibit competition.

    Many of us do work to reduce our use of oil-dependent products, I walk whenever possible, use ceiling fans instead of air conditioning, keep cloth bags in the car for groceries, etc. If every person would take some personal responsibility when possible, not only would they save money, but they would conserve our precious resources.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  167. divejoy

    I mourn for the sea life. Millions of fish, Birds, and the rest. When they all die we too will die! That's the plane truth.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  168. Shannon

    I think it should be banned and all of the efforts and money that is spent on this old fuel source put into new technology. I believe that we actually do have the technology now but lack the will to use it since a lot of money is made from oil. We can only ruin our environment and world for so long before it catches up on us.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm | Reply
  169. Annie, Southwest Mississippi but Cajun born

    When all of you spouting off about banning drilling are shivering in your homes this winter because Louisiana stops sending you natural gas, then you can tell us greedy Republicans how much you appreciate us not drilling in the ocean. Offshore and on shore drilling has fed my family and friends for generations and yes it can be dangerous – that is why my son and son-in-law get large safety bonuses and all of the oil companies spend so much money on environmental projects along the Gulf Coast.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Reply
  170. Luca

    Actually i don't see any energy font which can replace natural gas and oil.
    Of course, it's necessary to enhance the production of clean energy, but nowadays this kind of production is very low. I read some of previous comments, there was one which i totally agree to : to phase out drilling replacing it with alternative form of energy

    April 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  171. Bob N

    Richard Armentor said it all.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  172. Celeste

    In lieu of the fact that we are possibly financing terrorist when we buy oil from the Middle East, we should step back a second, use a degree and dose of common sense. Americans are excessive with everything we do and now we are paying the price. I hate the oil slick, but start walking some and put the 10 miles a gallon car and trucks down and the choice for less drilling will become apparent. Put down the plastic bags at the grocery and department stores and our need for oil is reduced. DO YOUR PART. I sure in hell or heaven prefer using America drilled oil than using oil derived from the backyard of some terrorist or his fanatic friends. Think ahead. You take the breath out of Iran and others when we don’t need them. The situation gets better when everyone just do their part and stop complaining and criticizing.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Reply
  173. Ian

    To Paule Burke AKA 'JourneyHome'

    Get real. You obviously have no knowledge of oil drilling operations or its people. Your comments are insulting and demonstrate ignorance rather than providing any solutions.

    My wife and I both work in the oil industry and we care. We don't have a yacht. We do have a hybrid car. We installed super efficient windows for our home, even though we will probably never see the return on the investment.

    The lions share of 'profit' from domestic oil production goes to the government – ever heard of 'Royalties'?

    The biggest cost in the offshore industry is the large number of highlyu qualified and well paid employees ranging from roustabouts to engineers that are needed to design, build and staff the rigs, support vessels, planning staff and the big expensive equipment it takes to get the job done. Offshore operations take years of planning and capital investment before anyone sees a drop of oil. This is most certainly not a ‘quick buck’ endeavor. Offshore operations are very different from relatively simple onshore operations.

    With the costs of a disaster like this so high (because BP will ultimately cover the costs of this, not taxpayers) the big operators go out of their way to have trained safe crews that do not 'cut corners'. Cutting corners is the quickest way to get from the offshore industry to the unemployment line and everyone knows that. This is obvious when you include 'self preservation' and 'profit motives' together in the big picture.

    April 28, 2010 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  174. MGS

    The thing is history always repeats itself. How many times do we have to kill our ocean and atmosphere with this stupid oil. All you highly educated and high paid oil refinery professionals find a better way. Enough already!!!! this is so stupid to hear this on the news AGAIN!!!!!!

    April 28, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  175. David Pouchet

    Being a qualified O&G Technologist turned HSSE Specialist now based in Australia,I have a few points that need to be considered.
    i)Problem:Deepwater Drilling Technology has accelerated at a rate outstripping the Training & Development of the personnel,Company's are in a rat race for the gold and placing detailed employee development second in their quest for huge profits,how delinquent and at an expense they have to pay in other ways(fatalities/asset loss),a case of dollars and no sense,pure greed maybe.
    ii)Solution:Rate worker intellect and tailor make training programsuser friendly systems not the Phd. type, the Offshore crews are not the Gen Y breed, the transition will not take place overnight,a better investment for the long term profits.Evaluate,Educate and mobilize,that blowout should have never happened.These Company's tell you how high tech ,expensive and large their Rig fleet is with ultra detail "a boy thing", they never mention the Training & Development programs except in a generic sense.With all the profits and compensation it will never bring back my buddy and families pain,money can never replace or produce a life.I'll be back

    April 28, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  176. Joseph

    Of course it should not be banned. What they should do is NOT burn it and polluting the air instead of the ocean. I just helped write a paper on how we can clean the mess up cheaply and effectively with natural products and still recover most of it. Oil companies should be required to set up plans to either a) keep this from happening or b) quickly clean the oil from the water. As an engineering student I find it troubling that they still haven't figured this out yet.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Reply
  177. Donald H Smith

    BAN ALL OFFSHORE DRILLING! WORLDWIDE! PLUG THE WELLS THAT EXIST. If we need the oil that bad directional drill it from the land. We need to reducing oil consumption any way. Any thing that can be made from oil can be reproduced using plant material, the sun, and the wind. Oil is toxic! Poison and it has poisoned the world. Anyone else notice the dead/dying trees/bushes along our highways these days?

    April 28, 2010 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  178. ERICA

    THEY DRILL, WE SPILL IN TO THE FLORIDA ATLANTIC!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  179. H. Kim

    ban on offshore drilling will never happen; thanks to the lobbyists and the corporate america that cares only about money and not the fish.
    lobbying should be banned in the first place for that to happen.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Reply
  180. Mike in AZ

    Offshore drilling should not be banned. Let's face it, we need the oil. However, BP should be required to pay the full cost of the cleanup. They are blaming the oil rig owner. Too bad! It's their well and they are making billions in profits. Itis their responsibility to ensure the operation is safe and reliable. All equipment must operate as designed, preventative maintenance completed, and total oversight of the project is part of the deal. Get to work BP!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  181. Fred in Florida

    Ban offshore drilling? Well, that would only happen around the time we stop using oil.

    People so easily forget where that stuff comes from that you put into your gas tank.

    They also forget how plastic is made, pharmaceuticals and vitamin supplements are manufactured and how certain paints, dyes and thousands of household chemicals that we use every day are brought to us.

    Sure, ban all offshore drilling. Then park your car.. forever, even if it is a hybrid. Don't ever plan on flying anywhere ever again either because you will not be able to do that either.

    In fact, you most likely will lose your job, whatever it is and never work again.

    This is the sad truth. In a perfect world we would not be so addicted to oil. But we are thoroughly addicted to it and just as with a drug addict, the withdrawal from that addiction is going to be horrendously painful unless it is done very, very slowly and carefully.

    Until then, you're going to have offshore drilling and production of oil and natural gas whether you want it or not. Sorry.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Reply
  182. Runt

    And They want to drill off of Florida. The newest data is that it is completely safe...Safe my a**! Hopefully they will never be allowed to drill anywhere else in the Gulf. Hold those responsible in this and haul them into court.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  183. Richard Bartlett

    Offshore drilling for oil should not be banned. However, a floating ring should be required around all drilling rigs large enough to contain the oil if there is a spill. The oil could then easily be recovered.

    April 28, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  184. John

    This event should not prohibit future off shore, deep well, drilling. This is the first of its kind. I am sure all involved, including the government, will determine the cause and figure out what not to do in the future! Besides, if we don't drill for it someone else will!

    April 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  185. calico

    BAN it. People think it's a cheap source of energy, but disasters like this are part of the true cost. Instead of looking for cheaper and cheaper sources of oil, why don't we get into the 21st century and wake up to the possibility of energy NOT made from fossil fuels? Imagine a world free of this, Exxon Valdez type spills, wars for oil, and terrorists funded by oil money. America *could* do it. We choose not to - but why ???

    April 29, 2010 at 12:04 am | Reply
  186. Willy S

    No. There are risks involved with any alternative. Nukes have risks. Coals cause mining deaths, significant impacts to the land, and global warming. Dams kill fish, and windmills kills birds, bats, and, according to rich people on Cape Cod, scenery. We could continue to send billioins of dollars to the Middle East, but that has, as we seen, very significant risks to our security and economy. We could save a lot of gas with smaller, lighter cars but there would be risks for drivers.

    The last big derrick oil spill was Santa Barbara, 1969, over 40 years ago. The impacts there were bad but mostly gone in several years. Similarly, the impacts of this spill may be pretty bad, but they will also be mostly short-term. We can and should do better. But the riskless energy alternative is like the free lunch: ain't no such thing.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:08 am | Reply
  187. Jimmy

    The answer is logical: Ban drilling.

    Drilling for oil of the Atlantic coast is not going to reduce our dependency on foreign oil. The United States uses 21 million barrels of oil per day, roughly 7.5 billion barrels a year (and rising). Someone please explain to me how drilling for an estimated 4 billion barrels is worth destroying our eastern shore?

    Source: Original Story about Obama lifting the ban on offshore oil drilling: (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125378223&sc=fb&cc=fp)

    Yes you create jobs by drilling for oil. Yes, it might keep the price down, marginally and for a very brief period of time. No one denies this. You also create jobs when there are environmental disasters because you need someone to clean them up. Perfect logic for the creation of short term jobs and the destruction of our oceans.

    Off shore drilling is short sighted and its negative environmental impact will far outlast any positive economic impact it will have on the United States.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:23 am | Reply
  188. Robenson Dorvil

    I wish all the best to the US guard who sacrify themselves for the country specially in that kind of situation it requires brave of tha land really, thanks God they gonna make it safely. Be with them American people do not hesitate to cooperate any how you can...God bless this country!

    April 29, 2010 at 12:32 am | Reply
  189. Brandon

    TO BETTY W.

    Rest your mind and pocket book, all costs, that includes the Coast Guard, or any other agency that is involved in the blowout control and clean up will charge to the responsibility party; BP.All the clean up boats, rigs, booms, and any other equipment is being paid for by BP.

    Again stop whining.

    To the person who said just get it over and switch to wind and solar for energy source. Well, I hate wind mills as they kill birds as you would have to have "Mills" everywhere, same goes for solar. Oh, I forgot, you're worried about birds that die due to oil pollution, but you are not worried about bird that get cut in half by mills.

    That's it, would could populate the entire surface area of the earth with wind mills and solar panels and have no room for humans. THat's the solution. Please send to the President to sign. Amazing lack of knowledge.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:34 am | Reply
  190. Cindy Eldredge

    There is not many pristine beaches left-they will be gone.
    Animals suffer.
    People suffer.
    The oil we would gain would not even be worth it.
    Vid; we lost our electricity the other night; we used candles and flash lights. You want drilling? YOU live near the drilling and endure the smell and destruction. Killing the environment around you will eventually kill you.

    NO DRILLING.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:38 am | Reply
  191. Chrisleerulz

    Unfortunately, America's economy is fossil fuel based, oil being the most important. President Obama made a very difficult decision since he does care about preserving the environment. Remember he has also set the United States to reduce carbon emissions by 25% by 2020. He also getting Detroit to make plug in electric cars like the volt and we're only a few years from fuel cells vehicles being available. What is needed is more government funding for solar and wind power to replace coal.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:38 am | Reply
  192. arthur Finn

    Sure; cancel all expolration everywhere. After all it pollutes from extraction to extinction. I am trumpeting and supporting the first mandatory use of Rickshaws and Roman galleys. Clean, but slow and tiring.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:47 am | Reply
  193. john

    Using oil should be banned...any use of imported oil...just use what we drill...

    April 29, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  194. Jose B. Nava

    I'm also for the off-shore drilling banning. We still don't know the environmental consequences and how the fauna and flora are going to be affected. As for us, fish eaters, sooner or later our health can be affected too in unpredictable ways.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:08 am | Reply
  195. Aly

    While yes, this is a sad and disastrous situation: do people not realize how many people are employed by off shore drilling in the gulf? I myself am a wife of an oil worker and just like in coal mines or in the military, there are all kinds of disasters waiting to happen and worries that we have to deal with. But what are we to do? Keep sending all the jobs overseas so that this country goes to hell and a hand basket even more? The majority of the people living on the Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi coast work for the oil industry. Do not take more jobs away from people who have families to provide for.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:08 am | Reply
  196. john316

    I don't think there should be a complete ban....but I haven't heard from Ms Palin about "Drill Baby Drill" since this happened. Hmmmm...

    April 29, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  197. lsu4lfe

    Too many tree huggers here. Keep drilling.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:22 am | Reply
  198. Ben Collins

    It should be banned and Barack Obama should reverse his position on off-shore drilling. The pressures and incentives to develop alternative energy sources are relaxed as long as off-shore drilling is permitted and cheap oil is available. Eliminate off-shore drilling, drive up the price of oil, and it will become more cost effective to develop new sources of energy. That won't happen in my lifetime, and it will never happen until oil is no longer the most cost effective source of energy.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:25 am | Reply
  199. Martin

    I don't think there should be a full ban on offshore drilling. I just think they need to think ahead and prepare for the worst. Then when the inevitable happens, react quickly to minimize the destruction. If the oil is out there and it helps to reduce the price I have to pay for gas, drill for it! But come on....let's be smart about it!!

    The oil companies make billions in profits every year. If you have money, you can build it. If we can send a man to the moon or create a robotic sub that can dive 10 miles below the surface of the ocean, we can surely develop some sort of emergency shut off valve that can withstand the pressures of being 1 – 5 miles below the surface.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:50 am | Reply
  200. David

    Absolutely it should be banned. Why does it have to take a catastrophe to change people's minds? Recent articles about growing dead zones in the ocean should be a wake up call. There is only so much pollution that the ocean can absorb, whether it is carbon dioxide or toxic pollutants like oil. It is in our interest to protect what is left since a dying ocean does not bode well for human civilization in the long run.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:50 am | Reply
  201. Andi

    NO, Baby, NO!!!! Thank Goodness for Florida Governor Charlie Crist!
    He pulled the plug on the insane off-shore drilling in Florida. This proves that the only good republican is an Independent!

    April 29, 2010 at 1:52 am | Reply
  202. FS

    I don't think they should be banned. I think we should further the destruction of this planet for bigger profit margins. This is definitely the way to go. Who cares about how the ocean affects sustainability on land? Doesn't matter at all...

    April 29, 2010 at 2:05 am | Reply
  203. Marc

    The oil industry is in the business of supplying oil. They operate on hundreds of rigs in the Gulf of Mexico 24/7/365 and have been for more than 50 years. Obama is taking the right approach encouraging alternative development and expanding oil recovery capacities because replacing oil is not a reality yet and will not be for many years, This is a disaster of proportions yet to be determined. But it has occurred in an industry that embraces efforts to minimize environmental impact.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:07 am | Reply
  204. Rita

    This is the second major oil spill in my lifetime. I don't understand why we can't figure out a way to build a machine that rolls that doesn't run on oil. Aren't there any greedy, yet INNOVATIVE energy industrialists out there? The oil industry needs to take on the consumer-centered philosophies of technology giants like apple and Google. Steve Jobs said once, "Apple's DNA has always been to democratize technology." Let's aim for a democratization of cars. Make a few models, make them independent of oil, make them affordable, make them well, and make them only in the USA.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:28 am | Reply
  205. Cory

    Banning offshore oil is a foolish idea. Do you drive a horse to work? Are you typing on a computer made of wood? Are you using wind power for electricity that was built in a factory where the machining was done by a chisel? You do realize the electricity used to charge your electric car comes from coal/oil/gas/ or even nuclear power.

    Right now it is not even feasible to even mention being independent of oil

    and for those of you who fear a spike in oil prices, why should they spike, the oil is leaking from an untapped well? Would the price have risen if it took another month to drill the hole? (the answer is no)

    as for the concern of air pollution, when Saddam lit the
    Kuwait wells on fire the amount 6 million barrels (42US GAL per barrel) per day FOR MONTHS was astronomical.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuwaiti_oil_fires

    Yes an accident occurred, potentially an ecological disaster is about to, but even it will pale in comparison to Exxon Valdez. This time lives were lost, but get off your high horse, oil is not the evil of the universe. It is a gift here for us to use right here and right now to better ourselves,our parents lives and our children's lives.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:28 am | Reply
  206. Skooly Dean

    Look at this terrible environmental disaster and there is no guarantee that it will be stopped. At 5000 feet below the surface how effective and how sure can we be that the leak will be fixed permantly. At this rate we are going to destroy the ocean and our supply of water. What a shame. This should provide enough proof to ban this money-hungry bad practice.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:31 am | Reply
  207. wilson

    NOOOOOOOOOO. THAT IS BY FAR ONE OF THE MOST RIDICULOUS IDEAS I HAVE EVER HEARD!

    April 29, 2010 at 2:38 am | Reply
  208. nbboy61

    are you guys nuts?
    should there be a full ban on ANY drilling?

    NO NO anphatic no. sorry not in my lifetime or yours.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:39 am | Reply
  209. GARRETT

    I think all you tree huggers that hate drilling on land and offshore should turn yourselves into amish people and then think about what the petroluem products do for you and think of the people who have the deadleast job in the world...

    April 29, 2010 at 2:41 am | Reply
  210. TOM

    YES IT SHOULD BE BANNED
    THESE POLITICANS THINK THEY KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR US. THEY JUST DON'T GET.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:44 am | Reply
  211. Richard

    Ban oil AND automobiles?? Stop with the cars and trucks and use mass transit? These comments have to come from people who were born and raised in the concrete jungle of the cities. Once you get out in the country, mass transit becomes absurd. You gonna build a train to an area to pick up three or four people? Of course not. And how are the residents of the concrete jungle going to get milk, meat, vegetables, the stoves on which to prepare dinner, computers, furniture, clothes, shoes and boots?? Virtually everything we need and use daily is brought to local markets by truck. Are you going to put all that on a mass transit train? No, Johnny, milk does not come from cartons or bottles. It comes from cows who live in the country. Oh yeah, I agree with the guy who likes his corn flakes, and how dare anyone tell me I should not eat corn or use corn related products! It's liberal thinking folks who think they have the right to tell the rest of us what's good for us and what's not. Let me alone, you folks, or learn to do without what I provide you. Sorry Johnny, all the milk cartons and bottles are gone.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:49 am | Reply
  212. Richard

    Some of you want to what?? Ban oil AND automobiles?? Stop with the cars and trucks and use mass transit? These comments have to come from people who were born and raised in the concrete jungle of the cities. Once you get out in the country, mass transit becomes absurd. You gonna build a train to an area to pick up three or four people? Of course not. And how are the residents of the concrete jungle going to get milk, meat, vegetables, the stoves on which to prepare dinner, computers, furniture, clothes, shoes and boots?? Virtually everything we need and use daily is brought to local markets by truck. Are you going to put all that on a mass transit train? No, Johnny, milk does not come from cartons or bottles. It comes from cows who live in the country. Oh yeah, I agree with the guy who likes his corn flakes, and how dare anyone tell me I should not eat corn or use corn related products! It's liberal thinking folks who think they have the right to tell the rest of us what's good for us and what's not. Let me alone, you folks, or learn to do without what I provide you. Sorry Johnny, all the milk cartons and bottles are gone.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:50 am | Reply
  213. fran oates

    yes off-shore drilling should be banned. the world is finite and we need to recognize that by reducing our consumption and population.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:53 am | Reply
  214. Fulldrip Pulpbugle

    Ban on offshore? Why? We've already destroyed the oceans. Might as well pollute them further so we can completely foul the atmosphere as well.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:54 am | Reply
  215. mdh

    big oil has devestated Louisiana's estuaries for decades. maybe now folks will wake up and see the light. suspend new offshore drilling in the short term; in the long term find ways to keep the stuff where it came from.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:55 am | Reply
  216. Fulldrip Pulpbugle

    "would could populate the entire surface area of the earth with wind mills and solar panels and have no room for humans."
    Sounds great to me. Humans su*k.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  217. Angie Caughlin

    Yes, there should absolutely be a full ban on offshore drilling. It appalls me that some were ever so greedy as to allow one rig in our waters. I live in Panama City Beach, and never had any say so as to whether or not BP could put rigs in Louisiana that may very well effect the ecology and the economy of a natural paradise treasure I have been lucky for so long to call home."Drill Baby Drill" is disgusting to me, and I hope it will instead be more popular to just say "NO BABY NO!!".

    April 29, 2010 at 3:10 am | Reply
  218. Bob

    BAN ALL OFFSHORE DRILLING AND FORCE THE ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOURCES TO BECOME A FASTER REALITY!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 3:11 am | Reply
  219. MikeC

    The Deepwater Horizon was touted as one of the biggest and most advanced rigs in the world...imagine the risks currently existing with the older oil rigs in the Gulf and around the world where environmental and safety regulations are less strict. We should begin a 10-year phase out of offshore drilling instead of deciding to open up more areas on our coastlines. I like Obama but this was a very stupid decision. BP will learn from Exxon, and fight any fines for years. In the end, the taxpayers will pay for the cleanup. It is a very sad day.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:13 am | Reply
  220. Mike

    Of course........if you want to return to a 1890's lifestyle. We could revert to a steam economy but that would mean more coal burning. Whenever there's a plane crash, do you want to ban flying? To ban cars after an interstate pileup? Get real. The world economy has always had dangerous professions in order to operate. The lion's share of oil and gas production comes from offshore and always will.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:14 am | Reply
  221. BigGreenDick

    YES.

    We can and must adjust to the new economy.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:18 am | Reply
  222. Vicki Beach

    I hope this wakes up folks who want to open up additional off shore drilling along the Atlantic coast. Why are we still drilling for oil? When are we going to get serious about alternative fuels. Everything is controlled by the greedy, powerful and rich. Just like the coal mining accident recently. The owners taking shortcuts to save money. You will see that is the case here also.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:28 am | Reply
  223. sue

    Offshore drilling absolutely should be banned. The amount of damage this spill has created and will create in the future is tragic and will last for years. And just think of all the birds and other wildlife that will suffer because of this. And to think this could have been prevented is disgusting!!! GREEDY OIL COMPANIES!!!!

    April 29, 2010 at 3:33 am | Reply
  224. Mallory Brown

    What kind of world are we going to leave to our kids and grandkids?
    If we really contemplate that question then maybe we will consider alternative forms of energy, ban offshore drilling,and rethink our use of plastics. But I don't think we are close to asking ourselves that question.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:38 am | Reply
  225. Scotty Lee Rexroat

    There will always be residual effect as long a we pump oil from the oceans floors. Therefore, it will be compounded over the years slowly degrading the pristine shorelines existing in Florida as we have all come to know and love. It is foolish to believe that every oil well off the coast of Texas doesn't spoo a little crude even without an accident of this magnitude. Yes it has driven our economy and most of the worlds for many years, but one day we will need to live without it. There are better ways, lets not have the future generations look back in history and say WHAT were the greedy thinking. So why not do it now?, and we will see the change will be less painful. It was a known fact during the oil embargo days it would come to this, and proposals for change were implemented during the Carter administration then thrown out the window with special interest politics as usual. Think how closer we might be to the ideal independence if we would of started and stayed with the changes suggested. As far as I'm concerned the politics in Washington are just fishing for a way to try to make our back slide go away. The war was the major thing catapulting us into our very grim timeline in history. It has given them the excuse to ravage our world and the pillars of democracy. The Bush administration let us take the 911 bait and have robbed our economy of well over 2 trillion dollars. Obama voted yes on that debate so he is as much to blame. How far would that of gone if invested in the alternative sources we needed to spearhead our country into the future and reduce our dependency on oil? How many jobs would that of brought to our economy instead of it being given to corporations built offshore? The enemy can not be defeated in such a manner as war, they won the day we bombed Baghdad. What we really need is Politicians who are true Patriots, INDEPENDENTS, Republicans, and Democrats alike who will not flounder by the pressure from special interest groups. We are all fully aware of the need for energy to keep our current standard of living going. We might be better to reduce as a sacrifice for the future generations, But our leaders have not defined a new pattern of behavior when the old one needs changing for fear of stepping on special interest toes. Don't mess my Florida up for your ignorance....

    Thanks for being HEAR! Peace on and offshore...

    Scotty Lee Rexroat
    Location: Florida the Green State

    April 29, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  226. David in Iowa

    No I don't think it is realistic to ban OD altogether, but some protocol changes are going to have to be mandated after this mess. Additionally, there should be more R&D about how to contain these kinds of incidents, and there should be more people with special training and equipment available to help remediate marine oil spills.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:01 am | Reply
  227. becks

    This is a loaded question. Instead of fueling a debate where people throw dubious facts and unfounded opinions at each other, CNN should produce a well researched write-up of oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico. It would be much more beneficial for all of us to be presented with a brief overview of the business of oil and gas, rather than have to wade through the muck of other people's personal conjectures in attempts to "learn" more about the issue.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:13 am | Reply
  228. Bill

    Of course it should be banned. "Drill Baby Drill" is a completely idiotic mantra. However, whenever there is money to be made, the health of the planet will always take a backseat to corporate profits. It will be the death of us all.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:17 am | Reply
  229. Cdntitanic

    Do I want the oil companies to stop drilling? Yes. WIll it happen? No. Too much power and money involved here. Do I want to see gas and gas produced products rise in price if drilling is stopped? No. But if that is what it takes to stop it, THEN SO BE IT! I'll pay the higher price from Nigeria.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:20 am | Reply
  230. mabre

    Of course it should be banned. We should stop sinking money into sink holes! Unfortunately, it will take one big catastrophe to instigate change...wait, there have already been catastrophes! When are people going to figure it out?

    April 29, 2010 at 4:21 am | Reply
  231. Manuel

    Having read through the comments on this posting, I personally am upset by the lack of concern for the mariners that lost their lives during this event. Certainly we as a society have not fallen that far.

    It is truly one of the worst case scenarios and although the blame will be placed on the drilling contractor, I know first hand that the men and women that work offshore and perform these tasks daily have the highest level of training and ability. The unfortunate scenario that is unfolding is a consequence of a human error and us, as humans, will deal with said consequences as we always do. The systems that were incorporated for the prevention of this "blow out" are NOT fool proof and production company has a representative on site to oversee the effectiveness of the systems so this in fact should not be seen as an occurrence of neglect or failure toward a single entity but as an unfortunate outcome of a variety of circumstances.

    The consideration to stop offshore drilling is an invention to spark conversation certainly, but not logical. To entertain such an idea is foolish at this point. The only solution viable would be to have a nuclear plant in everyone's back yard to produce the energy needed to compensate for the loss of fossil fuel generated by offshore drilling. The demonstration of solar and wind power are excellent ideas of fuel but how will we build these systems without oil? Everything is dependent on the other and is a step by step process.

    Consider, the conduction of the renewable energy sources? Cable to tie the infrastructure together, design which is made of material that safe and stable, building the equipment to harness the reusable power, and assembly. All of these are significantly based off of petroleum products and are dependent on the ongoing production of the fossil fuel to create this. If anything, we need to increase the production of these sources to accelerate the creation of these new methods and designs which would also stimulate employment.

    To view this in a negative is easy, as it is a horrible outcome. We as Americans, will overcome this and learn from the mistake and create additional preventative measures to ensure that this doesn't happen again. To sit here and point fingers at the men an women that perform these tasks daily is foolish and immature. As a countryman, I would say lets get this mess cleaned up and focus on how to avoid it in the future.

    For those that are opposed to the use and extraction of petroleum based products either onshore or offshore, please look directly in front of you and notice that the system that you are reading or typing on is possibly a product created by oil and possibly from the efforts of these men and women that lost their lives working offshore to bring the comforts of our life to fruition. It may not be a natural disaster, but it is a disaster none the less. Think about focusing YOUR energy toward helping the families that lost their husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in this event.

    Don't blame George Bush....Obama....The Queen...lets just work toward fixing the problem and move forward.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:22 am | Reply
  232. GARRETT

    guess the truth hurt's

    April 29, 2010 at 4:38 am | Reply
  233. Vern Turnbull

    This earth is our home and we better take care of it. What do we gain if we make trillions of dollars and have no place for our kids to live.

    We ought not to follow leaders like Bush, Cheney, Palin,McCain and the others on the fanatic right. The Indians must be silently saying 'don't destroy my country. I want it back'.

    April 29, 2010 at 4:58 am | Reply
  234. all

    Sure, BP is crying, but not for the environment..
    Moving to alternative fuels would be the solution,but there's simply too much money that can be made the current way.

    This too will somehow vanish into thin air. Anybody know the final result of the Great barrier drama ?

    April 29, 2010 at 5:36 am | Reply
  235. Emily

    Oil Drilling should already be banned, everywhere.
    Why is our 'comfortable way of life" taking priority over having a life?

    It's extremely frustrating to hear so many people worried about how they have to give things up to find safer alternatives. Get over it, our econmony already sucks, it's getting worse, and your short-term solution is a worthless, greedy, polluting idea.

    Also, I'm not sure how it can be justified to set up more oil rigs when it's obvious that our equipment and abilities are far from perfected, especially because all the money, effort and time we put into drilling oil is for an instant gratification anyway.

    We need a solution for our future, and if takes giving up our way of life then get over it... we need to do something NOW to solve this problem and quit waiting for some magicial inexpensive alternative.

    Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the greater good...
    Stop the drilling.

    April 29, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  236. Bubblincrude

    Do you know that the first crude oil emptied into the Strategic Petroleum Reserves was Saudi Oil. It was BOUGHT by the USA. So today we still buy, millions of barrels and ships carry it from one to the other. Thise ships carry way more than this well is leaking. (Hey its a free flowing well in the USA.. WOW) The BOP failed, thats a freak of nature, a million to one, add in 5000fsw and its a real big deal.

    Everything you do, use or eat has some sort of bi product of petroleum in it. The problem has happened and there is nothing you can do about it. So stop bit*chin and be supportive of the economy, we just got back to 11,000. All these reports are killing the market again. If they cant burn it off, it will be soaked up, and if not, we will clean it up. My property values, my animals, my shut up!@ Environmentalist, go naked, wipe ya a*rse with a leaf, and its too bad you wont be using a condom they are petroleum bi-products so we have to deal with your offspring.

    All of this means, you have to have it today. Its like Oxygen. If you dont like BP making a few billion because they take all the risk and extend liability and continue to remain responsible instead of Ambulance chasing pansies taking responsibility for their own issues. We need politicians who will stand for the people and have backbone. Say what you mean and do what you say. Be responsible. Support the other man. Stop crying about things you cant control.

    We have no money for schools, yet we have multimillion dollar lotteries? State money was eliminated to be solely funded by this and somereason or another its been re routed... these are issues you need to be concerned with.

    Yeah a Blue Heron may die from complications from the event, and 1 billion chickens will die the same day but no one talks about them because its just a chicken!!

    I wrote all this, I mean it and if you dont like it move on.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:04 am | Reply
  237. DevB

    Please, let's not be totally selfish for once in the existence of our species.

    Yes, the US is heavily dependent of foreign oil, but the solution to this is NOT off shore drilling, but rather to invest in further, more renewable energy sources. Yes, there is a possibility of "slicing birds in half" with windmills, but I'm sure they have some sort of survival instinct telling them NOT to fly directly into fast moving blades. Mills can be seen from far away, while oil spills cannot always be distinguished from farther away. Besides, part of the job of the EPA is to looking at how ecosystems would be changed due to the new actions, so it's not like we don't consider the repercussions, but rather we deem them less harmful than those of oil spills.

    Although it is an idealist dream, I think by banning off shore drilling, it will force America to be more innovative in reducing our oil dependency. Gas prices will go up, but maybe that will force people to find alternative ways of travel, saving both the environment and possible helping reduce obesity in America.

    Specifically, to the people who think that everything in America will just stop because of this ban, that is simply not true. Offshore drilling is NOT the primary source of oil for America, thus those luxuries would be more expensive, not totally gone.

    To the people who are trying to be witty and sarcastic, your extrapolation of the topic at hand and outlandish statements don't make any sense. I don't understand how commenting on exploration and putting up windmills "all over the world leaving no room for humans" aids to a solution to this dilemma?

    Anyway. My two cents on the topic. The short answer, YES. Ban it.

    April 29, 2010 at 7:11 am | Reply
  238. Gabriel Ghadafi

    Yes a agree it should be banned.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:52 am | Reply
  239. alien

    My answer is YES (and I work in the oilfield)....

    Oil companies have HUGE interests in expanding drilling and have enormous lobbying power, so it is difficult to imagine such a ban. They are also into new energy research. Not because they want to stop producing oil (they will never do until they gain enough money from it), but for two other reasons:
    1) to keep this research under control (possibly slow it down) and make sure is does not undermine their oil investments
    2) to be ready for the future when new energies will replace oil, or when oil production/reserves will not be enough for the world energy demand

    If we create the conditions for this oil production/reserves to be not enough for the world energy demand, oil companies will seriously invest in new energies and new technologies, more efficient than existing ones will see the light and we may finally get rid of oil.

    Oil will end one day, not soon, but it surely will. Reserves are not endless. Does anyone seriously think that oil giants will allow themselves to go bankrupt for that? Can anyone imagine a giant like ExxonMobil or like Shell going bankrupt because there is not enough oil to produce??? Noooo...
    What are their options? Easy answer: produce new forms of energy...

    Not a surprise big oil companies are the major players in carbon capture and sequestration. They produce a polluting fuel and make money from it. Than they try to clean some of that pollution and make more money from it. Why should efficient forms of renewable energy ever see the light?

    Let's cut this cycle short. Ban offshore drilling. Ban oil ships. Too many oil spills have occurred from ship wrecks and we've had enough ecological disasters.
    Force oil giants to seriously invest in renewable, non polluting energies.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:21 am | Reply
  240. Michelle

    Absolutely. It's time to move forward, not backward. They're dangerous and a waste of money. Why invest in oil rigs when we need to move on to better, cleaner energy sources?

    April 29, 2010 at 9:54 am | Reply
  241. David

    DRILL DRILL DRILL DRILL this isnt an all the time event that happens offshore i should know i work offshore on a rig that was like that one

    April 29, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  242. almami

    the problems i think need to solve as soon as possible so as not to pollute the seas

    April 29, 2010 at 11:34 am | Reply
  243. almami

    no i don't think of shore drilling should be ban because without it what will the world be
    lets us just find a way to make safe for people

    April 29, 2010 at 11:37 am | Reply
  244. Yo

    Horrible

    April 29, 2010 at 11:38 am | Reply
  245. ginger

    I would like to know where are all the people like sarah P., and John McCain that pushed off shore drilling where are the comments. NOW the cost of clean up and the terrible damage to the fishing industry will make we the people lose much more than 5,000 barrels of oil a day and lets not forget the creatures that fly ,swim and spone in these waters. The earth is weeping at our ignorance and greed.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  246. Christie S

    Yes, it should be banned. This is just BIG business raping the American people. The technology is available to stop the use of oil or at the very least cut the use in half. We are intelligent people and we can find some way to do without the oil but our government and their pockets do not want this.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  247. Jon K

    Ban it?

    You must crazy to think so!

    The whole of human kind is totally dependant on that sticky black fluid (along with coal & gas), not just the US. Drilling offshore/Onshore should be allowed, in fact it should be actively encouraged. If only you knew how close we all are to an upcoming global energy shortage.

    The single biggest fraud of the 20th century is the belief that modern energy demands can be replaced by the so called "renewable" and so called "Green" alternatives.

    Over here in the UK, offshore wind farms are touted as the "save all", vast quantities of public money generated by huge increases in personal taxes are invested in tidal barrages, geothermal & solar and all of it is driven by the political agenda of what I call the "Carbon Fascists" this group of radical scientists who took the idea that grew out of the hippy movement in the 70's (not a highlight in our planets history) that the Earth was on the brink of run-away increases in temperature, politicised it and hung some pretty questionable data around it to justify it. So now we have the laughable situation that Carbon is the bad-boy and me must pay a financial penalty in order to produce this natural substance and anyone who disagrees has their head in the sand.

    Its interesting to note that in the 4.6 billion years since the Earth was formed the geological record shows that average temperatures/carbon concentration and almost every other factor associated with climate has been in a constant state of flux, THE CLIMATE IS/AND ALWAYS WILL CHANGE, IT HAS NEVER BEEN CONSTANT especially over the very small period of time that we Humans are talking about, it is the height of human arrogance to think otherwise.

    Periods where carbon concentrations in the atmosphere were vastly greater than today did not result in run away temperature increases, so why now? Are humans producing more carbon than was around during the Carboniferous Period? The quick answer is no we are not.

    So what have the environmentalist lobby done for us?

    If they are responsible for an increased awareness of our environment in which we live then I applaud them ( I tend to think the space-race did this for us by showing our Planet in it's entirety for the first time in human history) , but as far as energy is concerned I think they have done more harm then good!

    They have forced us to take our eye off the ball, we need to be planning for a future with reduced dependency on hydrocarbons, not for environmental reasons, but due to its increasing scarcity!

    Green alternatives simply do not cut it, either reduce you dependency on energy (and no one will be in favour of that) or make more, that's the simple truth and make it more efficiently.

    Lets not let a tragic accident, result in a series of knee-jerk responses along the lines of "ban offshore drilling now".

    The accident on board the Transocean DWH is just that; an accident, drilling is/has always been a hazardous activity and will continue to be, it’s the nature of the game. None of the guys on that rig were expecting that blow out, both BP and Transocean have the most stringent safety precautions around every aspect of rig operation and well control, if you have ever worked on an exploration rig you will know that even with every safety measure in place (and there are many), every hazard assessment, every STOP card there will always be an element of risk evolved, it can be reduced but never totally eliminated. The failure of the BOP's just goes to highlight that with every procedure/check, the unexpected can still happen.

    This industry is at the forefront of engineering and they operate in environments so extreme that even NASA would consider them hostile, and they do it day in day out. This is the price that we all pay to be able to drive our cars, heat our homes, watch our TV, fly, go on holiday etc.

    So lets keep our heads, learn from what has happened, not make snap judgements, clean up, revise our methods and keep going, the price of stopping oils/gas production is too great.

    April 29, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  248. A.R.P.

    I am most saddened to hear that there are a large number of Americans that will gladly trade the welfare of the earth for a short term comfort for themselves. Are you so selfish as to think this world will stop spinning once you die? Do you not have a duty to the next generations to leave a better place for them? Are you so short-sighted that the loss of human life and environmental integrity is a fair exchange because you want to protect your self-centered, indulgent lifestyle? I have served this country in 2 combat conflicts and am a 3rd generation combat wounded veteran, but you people make me ashamed of being an American. To think that I fought and my fathers fought to protect your rights to screw the world up are most disconcerting to me. I know that many of my fellow vets feel the same way. We were once a nation of people that did not cow-tow to fear. We used to be a country that others could look up to. How many other things have we lost? How many more times can we take this trading one bad thing for another? When are we going to relieve ourselves of fear? I have children and grandchildren and it pisses me off that so many of you here will trade their future for your comforts; maybe you are the enemy and maybe one day the war will be brought to your door step by people that have had enough of your manipulation of their children future. One day, if you keep this same elitist attitude about your possessions and your way of life, there will be a man at your door with a gun and he will take it all away. The divide between the "Haves and the Have Nots" is growing greater every minute and soon a change it will come. Please wake up to the fact that you truly are your Brother's keeper and we are all born from the womb of Mother Earth. Now go on, you Oil hungry freaks, piss on that; that is about the only thing you can do; Berate and COMPLAIN.
    REMEMBER THAT B.P. IS MAJORLY OWNED BY THE SAUDIS. And the other 30 or so companies drilling in the Gulf have large share holders that are vested by Saudi or Iranian interests. Hell they don't need to explode a nuke here, they can just pollute our waters and ruin our economy that way. There is a growing concern by many intelligence analysts that Al-Queda will attack us through environmental means; is this the first attack? Why are you right wing freaks not screaming about that national security issue?

    April 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Reply
  249. Richard

    This is for Lambert and all the Mis-informed on Safety.
    Before you try to get in a pissing match with someone, how about
    doing a little better research on the subject and also hold it down with
    "F" bomb. You say 20 Years. Is that what you heard or read in some ECO magazine? Same goes for the plastics. You're evidentally ill-educated on the subject and should stay out of something you know little or nothing about. I am 3rd generation "Oilfield Trash" as some refer and DAMN proud of it. I make it my business to keep informed.
    Again we get a bunch of mis-Informed idiots like yourself that say we are not SAFE.
    Why don't all of you do a little research and compare the stats. you'll be suprised. Again we, the Oil Industry are one of the SAFEST and are constantly striving to improve the keep all of our people as well as you jugheads-SAFE, WARM, & HAPPY! You want rage about "your" precious planet. Remember one thing. It's "OURS" too.
    And for making a living, I'd prefer sticking to what I do best. Bagging groceries or flipping burgers is not my habit of choice.
    Accidents DO and WILL happen in any industry. Again COMPARE,
    then Shut-Up on the safety issue.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  250. Suzette

    Another sensationalized story to get exactly this kind of reaction ("ban oil drilling") from the public. You know this was VERY convenient. I'm not saying it was sabotage, but just that I find it funny (weird) that such a short time after Obama signs a bill to let some states drill off of their coast there is an explosion and major spill/leak in a spot that was used as an example to "sell the bill".

    I mean come on, the last major spill in the Gulf of Mexico was from an offshore oil well blowout on the Ixtoc I well off of the Yucatan Coast on June 3, 1979 (about 600 miles south of Texas). It spilled 30,000-50,000 barrels of oil continuously for over 6 months and was pushed by winds and currents to the U.S. coasts. The well blew out when the 2 routine ways of preventing a well eruption failed.

    So what is with CNN reporting:
    "The Gulf Coast braced for a greasy and unwelcome tide Wednesday as the region's largest oil spill in decades threatened the marshlands and beaches at the mouth of the Mississippi River."
    And:
    "The Gulf Coast hasn't seen a major oil spill in about 40 years, Crozier said. "The occasional drum has fallen overboard, but we've never had anything of this magnitude," he said.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Reply
  251. John Barwis

    What a ridiculous question. Why not ask if airplanes should be banned since they crash and kill people? While we are at it, let's outlaw automobiles as well.

    April 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  252. Terry D

    There should be a ban on corporatism & corruption. The WSJ reports that the Dept. of Interior Minerals Div. didn't require acoustic shut-off switches because too expensive at $500K. Isn't this the same group of guys & gals that were exposed partyin' with the oil execs? 11 people dead, environmental devastation – all cheaper? You betcha!

    April 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  253. Richard

    Now, for all of you Wind Turbine Advocates.

    Have you ever took a look at what these things do for your Pristine Lands and Offshore waters? Or for that matter have you thought about the cost (And I'm not just speaking of dollars) Do your research and then comment. Also take a ride out to a couple of these wind farms or fly over the Offshore Farms in the Netherlands. IT AINT PRETTY. Oh I forgot, once Oil is Banned you may have to take your horse & buggy or Blimp to get a look. (OH and Don't forget the Transponder. It's comming soon!!)
    Yes, I also agree, we do need Alternative Energy sources, but don't sit there and bash an industry that's in place now. You cry about the OIL CEOs. How much rapeing will you be able to stand once the Wind Power Co. CEOs are in place raking it in with more government oversight to boot. Just another cycle for you or your spawn to gripe about years from now.
    Lastly to Ms. Emily. You say our equipment is not perfected. PLEASE tell us what is?

    April 29, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  254. Robert Cox

    Don't believe that a healthy economy is an oil based economy. We will continue to subsidize oil and coal as long our legislators benefit from their donations. A truly healthy economy is a sustainable economy based on sustainable solutions. If we would have put half the money into renewable resources such as hydrogen and second generation biofuels that we have contributed to these industries in the last decade, we would already be emerging from the grip of oil and coal.

    Don't buy into the myth that oil is good for the economy. It is good for a few rich corporations that continue to drag us into the past.

    April 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Reply
  255. Richard

    Can't Stand it. I have to reply to our Vet in the mix Mr/Ms A.R.P.
    How do you figure the WE make you ashamed to be an American and what the hell do you think you were fighting for? I do applaud your efforts as a soldier. I bleed RED, WHITE, & BLUE but I'm not going to sit here and trade my patriotism for a bunch of ECO-IDIOTS. You may have been a soldier but don't sound much like a a PATRIOT. You Asahmed, then move on. There's a lot of countries out there that might accept you. You sound like one of those hippy freaks from the sixties that did nothing but gripe. Were you Drafted or did you Volunteer?
    Also Wake UP Beavis!!
    The WAR is at our doorstep. You call us Right Winged? Step back and look in the Mirror...
    Again find the solution, get the new source going, but please, please don't sit there and bellittle an industry you most likely know nothing about.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  256. David B from Texas

    A few points...

    The water in Texas LOOKS dirty because our coast is an active sediment depositional system. The murkiness is due to clay particles suspended in the water fed by rivers into the Gulf of Mexico. Any pollution is more likely a result from activities occurring upstream on land than any offshore drilling.

    Oil platforms provide natural habitat for fish and other marine life. I’ve been on one, and I tore up the red snapper. Furthermore, FIXED oil platforms should not be confused with Mobil Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) such as this Transocean rig.

    There are 579 offshore drilling rigs active in the world as of April 2010. They operate 24/7/365. This is a very isolated and improbable incident.

    Someone mentioned something about BP's ownership being Saudi, but its not. This website will inform you of their major shareholders: http://moneycentral.msn.com/ownership?Symbol=BP

    This is not a “natural disaster”.

    Major oil companies are some of the biggest investors in alternative energy. Many of them have adopted the term Energy company rather than Oil and Gas company.

    The power for electric cars is generated by burning fossil fuels.

    The amount of energy produced through alternative means is not enough to replace that produced by fossil fuels. America should consider phasing over to natural gas which burns cleaner and is more domestically abundant. Read this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_in_the_United_States

    BP will have to pay for the clean-up, and the Coast Guard does not help for free. Even if you personally dispatched the Coast Guard for a rescue, you would have to pay for it yourself or via insurance.

    Natural gas is really cheap ~$4. This is hurting these companies which typically have anywhere from an 80%/20% to 10%/90% oil to gas portfolio.

    A number of people on this blog are uninformed. I am a petroleum engineer. I have been on rigs and platforms. Our company and our employees are very informed on both sides of this issue. Yes, people should conserve more to lower the demand for oil. Yes, we should evaluate alternative fuels. These problems are being investigated. However, they will take time to develop. The book SuperFreakonomics talks about a similar issue America had handling horse manure in the late 19th century. Do you know what solved that problem? The invention of the automobile. (http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2009/11/16/091116crbo_books_kolbert)

    In the meantime, can people concentrate on the people killed and hurt by this tragedy and how it will affect their families, as wells as, the near one million people this industry employees. Preventing growth in this industry will have disastrous affects on our country.

    April 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Reply
  257. A.R.P.

    Richard, it is too bad you cannot claim to have served this country but you have the right to your opinion; you provided that for you? You seem to feel that there are degrees of service; drafted or enlisted. This is ignorance at work; Annapolis grad for your info. But if a young man or woman dies or is wounded, their blood is not as red if they do not agree with you; I see your point. Only you have the right and only you are right. Well keep thinking this way but most Americans know you don't have a thing to say unless you have served as well. What have you actually sacrificed for this country? What now, with this promotion of a blatantly biased and most probably economically motivated line of BS do you contribute? I ask these questions because I get the feeling you have done nothing. I do get the impression that you, like so many others on the oil teet, are gain financially to disrupt or smear genuine concerns about our environment and the attitude with which we treat one-another. So for me you have nothing to say. when you have served and bled and your fathers have done so too, then you are creditable. You sir are the true disaster; you do not think life or the earth is as important as you. My Father's generation would have called that "cowardly" at best. So where is your response to the B.P. Saudi comment; Richard do you work for them?

    April 29, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  258. Joe Doe

    Though these situations are infrequent there are potential remedies. Sand the oil – shoot sand onto the surface of the oil. Large clumps will fall to the ocean floor. They can be cleaned up at a latter point. You could mix the sand with chemicals that will clean and break up the oil.

    Second – An emergency sized skimmer ship should be built. Using vacuum and pumping systems the oil could be skimmed, held and offloaded for processing. This would be like "mowing the lawn" approach using the skimmer to "suck up the oil" and hold it for onshore processing and separation.

    We cannot stop drilling for oil unless you want to see your cars, lawnmowers and every other gas machine become "lawn ornaments". OPEC is thrilled with this problem which suggests oil should be imported – at their price. No progress comes without a price, which includes risks, discoveries and disasters. As smart as we would all like to believe our technology and human operators are there are always risks. Let's focus on the problem and deal with the outcome. This incident should NOT set the offshore agenda. If equipment failed replace it, if systems failed improve them, if people failed – revise procedures. NOC's have locked out IOC's from exploration except at prohibitive prices. We need our resources developed offshore and cannot throw out our future due to one, though terrible, situation.

    April 29, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  259. David B from Texas

    Joe Doe, they have those skimmers. What do you think they use to clean up the spill?

    April 29, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Reply
  260. Richard

    A.R.P. You are correct in one respect. No I have not served in the Military yet I grew up under the wings of a 8-Time Decorated US Marine Gunnery Seargent (5 Bronze Stars & 3-Purple Hearts)who served in the Pacific f/ 4-1/2 Years.
    I also enlisted in the Marine Corp in '73 and when given their physical was classified 4F due to Knee Injuries recieved from Sports Injuries.
    Therefore I chose to follow in my fathers footsteps after his military service and get involved in the Oil Patch. I have put 35 Plus years into this industry, Blood Sweat and Tears into the Drilling, Production & Service & Supply sectors. You think only the military has Veterans? You think only the Military Bleeds. What about those last 11 that gave their lives. No it wasn't by choice, but I'm sure they knew the risk(God Bless their Souls), just as you did when you signed up. Well I consider myself a veteran of OUR Industry and don't appreciate myself or my Oil patch Brothers & Sisters being bashed by someone like yourself or others that have little or no clue about the Industry. There is NO GREED, No Great Financial Gain other than a Paycheck, just my CONCERNS for our Industry.
    You say I've done nothing as we as claiming Ignorance on my part, well that's your opinion and until you've lived in my shoes you can K.M.A.
    As for BP, NO I do not work for them nor do I have any vested interest other than they are a part of our Industry & I'll die fighting for them and any other Oil Related Businesses out there so long as they exist.
    You also say BP is controlled/owned by the Saudi's. Are you saying all Saudi's are associated with Al-Queda? Now thats Ingnorance.
    Lastly, Yes I do want my Kids as well as my Grandkids and their kids to grow up in a better world. But until that day comes, we have what we have. As I said before I am a REALIST. No Dreams, just living the and backing up FACTS.

    April 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Reply
  261. Emily

    I think this discussion proves that the only reason NOT to ban drilling is because most people are too cowardly and scared to deal with the inevitable. How are any of the arguments for oil drilling are going to stand up when there IS NO MORE OIL? What the heck is the point of spending all our time and money on getting to a LIMITED source of energy instead of finding and funding alternatives?

    The fact is that the priorities of this issue are completely screwed up. We can argue electric, cars, food, ecosystems, life, death, injury, and everything else until we are blue in the face... but in the end the only real point is that we are drilling for a nasty substance that we rely on WAY too much and it needs to change. We don't have enough to last forever, we are hurting the environment, and the economy is sucking... it's past time to move on.

    Lets stand up to the fear of change and do the right thing for our world, our planet, and our future generations.

    April 29, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  262. Nicolas

    Maybe if in the most foolish dreams... maybe when everybody realizes that if the whole planet was living like an average american, we would need 6 planets to sustain everybody's needs.
    after all, we are just trapped by marketing, making us dream that it can always be better. but it is just going worst and worst.
    let's just keep on with this slow-paced collective suicide,
    one proposal, tax 5% of offshore drilling to finance research and programs about mass transportation, ecologically responsible energy production, etc...

    Furthemore, the deeper offshore drilling will go, the harder the task will be to stop a potential spill.

    As an indication of how terrific drilling accidents can be see the Lusi Volcano as an example: be:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/sci/tech/7699672.stm

    April 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  263. Linda A

    Ban Ban Ban.

    The way WE rape this planet has gone beyond ridiculous. We MUST STOP all drilling! IMO – WE have declared War on the very entity that provides us air, food, water and many other pleasures and treasures. We should be ashamed.

    There is a Cree Prophecy that is most appropriate and goes like this:

    ""When all the trees have been cut down,when all the animals have been hunted,when all the waters are polluted,when all the air is unsafe to breathe,only then will you discover you cannot eat money." – Cree Prophecy

    We are a shameful species .. :(

    April 30, 2010 at 12:01 am | Reply
  264. Nicholas Tramont

    Hello,
    This giant oil spill in the Gulf is just terrible. I understand the immediate affects on wild life and the eco system. My question is with hurricane season right around the corner, what happens if a storm travels through the Gulf of Mexico. Will it be collected by the system and dispersed once landfall is made?

    April 30, 2010 at 2:23 am | Reply
  265. Lisa York

    Yes, further off shore oil drilling should be banned. We've negatively affected our environment in the U.S. for way too many decades. A ban would be one step towards healing our polluted country. A ban would also help protect the thousands of small (and large) business linked to tourism and fisheries. Though we are over fishing the waters too. We need to focus our efforts and tax payer dollars on more sustainable energy solutions. I truly hope Obama and those supporting off shore drilling will reconsider their proposal. Of course, they won't but thousands of voting tax payers pray they do. Sadly, we, the people, tend not to have a say about what happens in our own "backyards'.

    April 30, 2010 at 4:19 am | Reply
  266. John

    Ask yourself this
    Do use cars/trains/planes or any other mechanical transport?
    Do you cook?
    Do you want to stay warm when it is cold?
    Do you want to survive severe winters?
    Do you watch the TV?
    Do you listen to the radio?
    Do you go online (you must do if you are reading this)?

    If the answer to all of the above is no, then ¬I don't believe you.

    If answer to any of above is yes, then

    is there a practical alternative to oil at this time?

    If the answer is yes, I still don't believe you.

    If the answer is no someone needs to get the oil to your gas guzzler, home, airport etc.

    So what you need is how to make it safer, not ban it.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply
  267. hank

    I would like to know where (drill baby drill)john mcain and sarah palin are?how about a comment on this disaster.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  268. Emily

    seriously Human Must STOP Drilling....
    Americans are worse. You guys have to be the blame. It hurts me to see nature is suffering just because of our greediness.
    I can't stand this... We already made the earth sick and That's Enough..... I wish people in world around learn the Lesson and It's time for us feeling SORRY to NATURE

    April 30, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Reply
  269. Patrick Papania

    As a native of Gulfport, Mississippi, watching what is happening on the eve of this horrible environmental disaster from the other side of the planet where I am working on biodiversity programs for the US government, I ask myself "why can't oil companies be held responsible for such careless accidents?" Why can't they spend some of the billions of dollars they have earned in recent years to invest in Emergency Contingency Plans. USAID funded a project I worked in Egypt several years ago to create a National Environmental Disaster Contingency Plan... where is our plan on the Gulf Coast as this oil slick is on the verge of killing our ecosystems and destroying our fisheries. To think that a couple of weeks ago, all the talk was about maintaining our leadership in space exploration!! What a joke when the demands of consumer societies distort true leadership here on earth. We are not leaders, none of us. We have let down our wildlife friends. We have let down ourselves. Enjoy your shrimp poboys tonight as tomorrow brings a blow far more worse that Katrina did to the Gulf Coast economy and future. Shame on you BP. You'll accept help from anyone? Little late to be asking for help, wouldn't you say?

    April 30, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  270. Belinda Chlouber

    Oil is like a bad addiction for humanity. Just because we "enjoy" benefits from it doesn't mean we should keep doing it. Don't they say necessity is the mother of all invention. We're a bright species I think we can clearly see the direction we need to go and I think it's away from oil.

    April 30, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Reply
  271. Willow

    NO! NO! NO! KEEP DRILLING! NOW! Let this spill be a wakeup call, so offshore drilling can be done safely. Let's STOP being energy dependent!

    May 1, 2010 at 4:00 am | Reply
  272. josé coral mateu

    Misters/Madams,

    Excusme,

    USA, VICTORY AGAINST PETROLEUM, GOLF MEXIC,

    VICTORY NO PROBLEM AGAINST PETROLEUM,

    PLEASE,

    PLEASE MONDAY, DJ, IN GREEN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH

    GOD BLESS THE USA AND SPAIN, THANKS

    May 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  273. sharma

    Environment is tactfully considered like whores ….you have money …ok destroy it...
    After all who cares for future of children’s and grandchildren’s? Money and this safety majors can never restore environment. There must be some reason why god dumped oils such deep.

    May 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Reply
  274. Southern Girl

    Everyone who wants to ban drilling must be ignorant! Do you know how many families would be without an income if it weren't for the oilfield? This goes for the ENTIRE U.S. There are people from everywhere pitching in. Yes it is dangerous, but everyone involved knows the risks including Barack Obama. These men & women leave their families for half the year every year, if not more. They do safety training during their "off time". All this to gather the natural resources that everyone uses up without a second thought. Next time you're at the pump, try to fathom how many people had a hand in getting that fuel to you. Or how your engine would run if there was no oil in it. (This goes for fisherman too. I don't see ya'll in hybrid boats.) Is everyone trying to ban mining? That's dangerous. What about all those wooded areas that are cleared for all your houses & malls & paper & furniture? You're responsible for killing animals & their habitats too. Of course no one wants to damge the coasts or any wildlife, but it's a risk we have to take. Most of the time it is without incident. I'd much rather see americans roll up their sleeves and get the job done here than to support the Middle East. (Speaking of which, this ACCIDENT can be avoided about as much as 9-11.) Get real people! Support your country! Made in the U.S.A.!!!!!!

    May 2, 2010 at 5:21 am | Reply
  275. Jim

    Hell No
    Drilling rigs banned off the coast of the United States will cause thousands of jobs to be lost and make the United States dependent on foreign oil. Only idiots from the left would want oil banned and higher fuel prices. Not only would gas for thier cars be higher but they would pay higher prices for electricity. In short people would freeze to death in the winter and burn up in the Summer.

    May 2, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  276. Liz Holloway

    We are collectively responsible for placing our trust in oil corporations for our energy needs and for our addiction to energy use. We all knew this would happen eventually. Wake up folks and start walking, riding your bikes and quit flying around the globe for no good reason other than your own satisfaction. Stop the abuse of energy use!

    May 3, 2010 at 11:48 am | Reply
  277. Pat

    Profits not worth the hazards would and should be the wisdom for planetary survival that anyone could expect.

    It is the equivalent of blocking out the sun.

    There is only one planet, and all who live upon it have vested interest for now and the entire future of the planet.

    Planetary suicide by special dispensation is not permission anyone is permitted to grant by allowing wholesale destriction by pollution.

    If Doctors aren't allowed to kill, why should oil companies be allowed to by bringing pollution to everyone and everything on the planet. Planetary murder is not permissible, especially for profits. When pollution becomes criminal, profits made from it become criminal and it must be stopped or no one will survive.

    May 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  278. maureen molina

    As I sit here in my nice warm house, a snow storm on the way, horrified after watching the oil wash up on shore, I ask myself what is the alternative? The earth is so over populated now that it can't handle what we are doing to it. in the end the earth will strike back. It's just a matter of time.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:49 am | Reply
  279. George Chungath

    Off shore rigs and drilling must be stopped all over the world with out further delay. Never go after drilling babies.Let us hope president will take the necessary steps to these problems.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  280. Raquisha

    I think off shore drilling is okay as long as there are protocols in place if a disaster occurs. There should be an immediate clean up crew in place that have multiple plans already in place that are able to handle any situation that occurs. I don't understand how there could not have been a process or protocol in place to handle the type of incident that is occurring today. There is too much money being made by these oil rig companies and there not taking proper precautions to make sure that disaster situations can be handled. Careless and unacceptable. there looking for ideas to clean it up. How about sifting the oil balls out of the water until there's a permanent fix.

    May 9, 2010 at 5:38 am | Reply
  281. Raquisha

    If the oil is clumpy it could be sifted from the sand if it washes ashore.. It may take a bit of time.

    May 9, 2010 at 5:47 am | Reply
  282. Smith in Oregon

    It is now widely rumored that the rupture in the Mercado Oil Field which is gushing a huge volume of heavy crude Oil into the once pristine Gulf of Mexico is enormous. A GIGANTIC CRATER which is pouring in the immense high pressure from the Ocean into that field which is forcing that heavy crude Oil out.

    The Coast Guard Admiral at times looks like he is on the BP pay-roll and has been entirely evasive about the rumors that some seeing the undersea photos of the crater have stated it is absolutely enormous making any effort to plug extremely unlikely or very, very long going and difficult.

    There is an estimated 2 BILLION gallons of heavy crude oil which consists of nearly 50% Asphalt in the Mercado Oil Field, therefore this eruption of heavy crude Oil into the Ocean could continue for several months before ALL 2 Billion Gallons have been forced out by the immense deep Ocean pressure. Of course nearly all of the entire Gulf of Mexico would then be a DEAD ZONE and pose a risk to simply transverse.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Reply
  283. Damaris

    Okay first of you guys are a bunch of air head liberals that need a wake up call. When was the last time you saw gas for 99 cents. Since the 90's Its a crisis. President obama should shut his mouth and just croak. They will never ban offshore drilling Bitches!!!

    December 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
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