The oil retained from this drilling will likely be consumed in five years, as an estimation. The jobs generated by Chevron threaten jobs already in place through tourism, and fisheries. It will be tough to harvest fish from polluted waters, and it will be tough to provide in-tact ecosystems drenched in chemical leaks. I think people will pay to eat clean fish. More specifically, people already pay to see what ecosystems we have left.
Yes, it is time to stop depending on other countries for energy. Therefore more wise investments can be made for more innovative, modern energy concepts. Let's face it folks: OPEC has the oil industry on a string. We cannot compete. That is why the oil policy is not as simple as it seems. The truth is we would need to investigate to see where this oil actually goes, because so little of the oil-trade is in our hands.
So maybe off shore drills can provide a temporary solution. But when can we start investing in something that renew/sustains itself for this country? Will this ever be valuable to us? It certainly is not of value if we are willing to risk our ecosystems, beaches, tourism industry and fisheries for the sake of old habits.
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