Bravo Mr. President - Offshore Oil Exploration

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  1. IntheNet macrumors regular

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    When he does something right I want to be the first to note it - a good move here by President and one that goes against his campaign rhetoric but is right for the nation - The GOP will support Obama here and jobs will be created! Good!

    Obama to Open Offshore Areas to Oil Drilling for First Time
    By JOHN M. BRODER
    Published: March 30, 2010
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/31/science/earth/31energy.html
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is proposing to open vast expanses of water along the Atlantic coastline, the eastern Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to oil and natural gas drilling, much of it for the first time, officials said Tuesday.
     
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Drill baby drill.

    I agree with IntheNet.

    No, it's not April 1st yet. :D
     
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Will the GOP support this as part of a bi-partisan compromise on climate/environmental legislation that also includes expansion of nuclear power?
     
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    I almost couldn't believe it when I read this yesterday. But, it is a good thing.
     
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    Exansion of nuclear power I don't have a problem with. But if cap and trade makes a showing, I'd rather see drilling cut off than compromise.
     
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    Fantastic news! :)
     
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    They won't support anything Obama does. Just watch, they'll find a way to complain.
     
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    I would rather hear Obama promose something like a Super Grid, much like they are proposing here in Europe. This massive grid will spread across northern Europe to start and would link renuable energy sources together such as wind power, and hopefully help decrease the demand for foreign oil.
     
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    So how long until we see the this oil( prices won't go lower until we see oil being pumped out which will take awhile...) and how much will this delay our progress to get off oil? The money that is going to be spent to drill oil could have been spent to make solar, wind, and more green( not exactly nuclear....) ways to produce electricity viable.

    Though I can see why people support it in getting off foreign oil.
     
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    Decades. THere isn't much left outside of areas already designated. Calif. will not allow any drilling regardless.
     
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    Absolute douchebag move by the administration. The amount of oil/gas the USA will get from this increased domestic drilling won't nearly be enough to lower oil prices in the world market. It'll take 10 years or longer to get these new drilling platforms & oil refineries up and running.

    More pandering to the obstructionists on the other side.

    Of course not. Compromise is not in their vocabulary.

    Edit: If this is bundled with the climate change bill, then why not.
     
  14. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    You say it like that's a bad thing. This should have been opened up years ago but better late than never. And besides, this administration wants to create jobs. No government subsidy is required on this one! Not to mention the tax revenue the government will receive.
     
  15. Lyle macrumors 68000

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    Palin finally got to Obama. ;)
     
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    Great news! Republicans are now on board! Climate bill, energy bill, anything. They're happy with this compromise and are willing to work with Obama:

    http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/677-e2-wire/89999-boehner-rebukes-obama-offshore-drilling-plan

    Sorry, I meant they're still the same obstructionist arseholes.
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Hopefully this is just a short term (a decade or so) measure while alternative energies continue to become more viable.

    As much as I don't want to see us continue using fossil fuels, I fully recognize that the alternatives are nowhere near primetime yet, but hopefully will get a major boost by Obama's addition of $15 billion to research (previously funded by $3 billion).
     
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    Loaded Terms

    Loaded terms liberals love but I can't stand:

    -Obstructionist
    -Progressive

    Anyways

    I say we drill until its gone, then you will be amazed at how quickly we find a better source of energy once we actually NEED it. Trying to force business to use "Green" energy is such a joke.
     
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    Great idea. That way, when the oil does run out, and other countries have energy and we don't, we'll be in such a great position to survive, much less compete. [/sarcasm]
     
  20. R.Perez macrumors 6502

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    The U.S. hit its peak oil production a LONG LONG time ago and quickly declined from there. This will only make it worse.

    We should save this oil and switch to renewable energy. Then we can use the remaining oil to make all the consumer stuff we buy on a daily basis that uses it.

    There isn't a single consumer product that didn't require the use of oil, remember that.

    If we use every last drop for transportation, we WILL be screwed.
     
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    You missed out teabagger ?! :eek:
     
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    Bad idea, Obama. The oil and natural gas we find still won't satisfy our needs. Plus we'll be hitting up any reserves we may need at some point down the road. Offshore and onshore wind and Solar are much better long term projects.

    This does zero to help our real energy problems.
     
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    The bill as a whole is a very good idea. Did you read it? It makes big provisions for the development of alternative fuel sources.
     
  25. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    No, I've read several articles but not the bill itself. I live about 5 miles from the Atlantic ocean, a newly "opened" exploratory area. Our coast is much better suited for offshore wind development. It's one of the most prime spots in the country for it.

    I know for a fact that more harm then good will occur for my hometown if oil or natural gas is found anywhere near us. We are a tourist destination. Our local economy is based on the sea. Our fisheries are already strained. What good will an oil rig bring? No good. That's all. Any bill that devastates my hometown will not receive my support. Ever.
     

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