The recent oil spill off the coast of Louisiana has an oil slick circumference estimated at more than 600 square miles, which could take several months and millions of dollars to clean up. It is dangerously close to reaching shore. Countless wildlife species are threatened.
Yet White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said there is no reason to abandon plans to expand offshore drilling.
The spill is an all-around environmental catastrophe, and even Gibbs himself admits that similar incidents are very likely to happen again. All this to tap a source we know is unsustainable.
America cannot succeed with offshore drilling. Besides continuing to deplete a finite resource, drilling is a dangerous and destructive process -- for people, animals, and the environment. Encourage President Obama to reconsider his plans for offshore drilling expansion, and to instead enforce stronger fuel efficiency standards and invest in clean energy sources -- reducing our need for oil in the first place.