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To Drill Or Not To Drill

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To Drill or Not to Drill? That Is the Question
Kay Bey
Hum 114
March 6 2011
Mz Bacco

To Drill or Not to Drill? That Is the Question
Many people are debating how to best meet energy needs in the United States. Some argue that the country must decrease its dependence on oil and invest in alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Others argue that changing to new power sources is unnecessary and expensive. They state that the United States should search for oil in Alaska, the Gulf Coast, and other areas within the country that are currently not being explored.
I believe that the United States should invest money into alternate fueling sources. Off shore drilling at this point is environmentally unsafe. Our environment is changing due to global warming, and off shore drilling makes this worse. I feel very strongly about greedy oil companies destroying the ...view middle of the document...

As explained in this book “The Art of Thinking”, by Vincent Ryan Ruggiero, chapter 3, a

stereotype is a fixed, unbending generalization, irrationally maintained.

I have fallen in to this on many issues; I do not believe that my stance on off shore drilling is an

issue of stereotyping. I have reassured my stance by reading and researching this stance.

As stated in a USA Today article (Jervis, Welch, & Wolf, 7/14), “When

oil is brought up from beneath the ocean floor, other things are, too. Chemicals and toxic

substances such as mercury and lead can be discharged back into the ocean”. The oil and

chemicals are harming sea mammals and the water they live in. The other problem off shore

drilling is the chance of oil spills. In April 2010, the BP oil company encountered an oil spill in

the Gulf that lasted for about 3 months. Chemicals from offshore drilling combined with oil

from spills have had an effect on the food we eat. Sea food lovers are seeing the effects in the

pocket books; sea food quality has changed as well. Sea food products like oysters are rarely

even offered. According to an “Associated Content” article, written by K.Gros, “Oysters have

just about vanished from menus in New Orleans and surrounding areas; prices of shrimp dinners

have gone up a couple of bucks per dinner”. This is a direct result of offshore drilling and the

things that come along with it.

I feel that the government should use its resources on alternative fueling sources because off shore drilling and the things that comes with it, has proven to be unsafe.

References
Gros, K. (2010.June). Seafood Prices Rise, Oyster House Closes Doors After BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill. Retrieved from Seafood Prices Rise, Oyster House Closes Doors After BP Deep Horizon Oil Spill
Jervis, R., Welch, W. M., & Wolf, R. (7/14/2008). http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-07-13-offshore-drilling_N.htm. Retrieved from http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/energy/2008-07-13-offshore-drilling_N.htm

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