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To Drill Or Not To Drill

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To Drill or Not to Drill
HUM/111

Many debates are centered on energy. Some people think that we should decrease our dependency on oil and invest in alternative energy, other people believe that we do not need a new power source; we should be using our own oil and not that of foreign countries. I am not on one side or the other necessarily. I think that we should decrease our dependency on foreign oil. I also think that we should look into alternatives to oil. Many people choose one side or the other based on political bias. Many people do not want change, they believe that oil has worked or for so long why change now.
Political roles and views play a large part in deciding about energy sources. Republicans and democrats are the two main parties with different views. “Republicans ...view middle of the document...

People are blinded by political stereotypes and also use the face saving tactic to avoid confrontation or to avoid taking responsibility. An example: “Obama’s commitment to renewables has wavered in the face of relentless attacks from Republicans in Congress and the economic realities of energy production.”(Klare, 2012, pa 2). This is pointing fingers at each party, but neither party is taking responsibility. Here is another example or people pointing fingers “The legislation is part of Republican efforts to boost energy production in the U.S. to pay for new infrastructure projects rather than increase stimulus spending, the solution proposed by President Obama” (Hudson, 2011)

As long as people continue to point fingers and resist any change at all we will never have an agreement that comes close to pleasing either side. It would be best for people to remain objective instead of siding with republicans or democrats. Neither side is 100% right or wrong. There is always a middle ground. No one has to conform to one way or the other. People also need to realize that some change is inevitable. Everything in life changes and changes rapidly. People are scared of the unknown, but the only way to find out for sure is to do something about it. Discussing it will only help so much. People need to embrace some change; politicians need to stop saving-face and pointing fingers. Politicians also need to realize the stereotypes they use and try to refrain from the type of talk that will only divide the people more.

Klare, M. T. (2012). The New Fossil Fuel Fever. Nation, 294(12), 15-22.
Hudson, A. (2011). A New Plan for ANWR. Human Events, 67(40), 11
Republicans, Democrats at odds on energy issues. (2012, June 14). Retrieved Septemeber 2012, from Fox News: Republicans overwhelmingly push for more oil drilling. Democrats back conservation and new energy sources such as wind and solar power

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