Do you think the recent oil rig explosion will have any impact on the Obama Administration's new oil drilling policy in the Gulf? If so, how?
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I think that it is very likely that the Obama Administration is going to have to back off of its plans to expand offshore drilling. The government had planned to expand drilling in an attempt to gain Republican support for its other energy proposals.
However, with the spill, the government is coming under intense pressure to do away with that expansion. Traditional Democratic constituencies such as environmental groups are strongly against it. I think there is no way that the expansion will be allowed at this point.
I believe that the oil spill will have a significant impact on Obama's oil drilling policy. What we as Americans are seeing is what happens when something goes wrong. Yet, this is only the beginning of the situation. We will now have to wait it out and see what long term consequences will occur.
In addition, they have yet to prove that they can get the latest disaster under control. We also have no idea how many places and what types of illnesses may develop. Life is a cycle and all the animals in it are part of that cycle as well as the water.
Since the Obama administration had already allowed the oil companies to lease and open huge tracts of previously safe land for drilling, I doubt this will really have any effect on things in the long run. They can wait for things to quiet down and then quietly continue business as usual once the storm blows over. The American public has a very short memory and very little real curiosity so I think they can probably get away with whatever they want to given enough time and the fact that the mainstream media won't touch it for too long. They know where their advertising dollars come from!
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