Let's face it, our country is addicted to oil. Even George W. Bush, a former oil peddler, has admitted this addiction. And like any sickness, our addiction to oil has serious consequences: higher temperatures, melting glaciers, more violent storms and $4 a gallon gasoline to name just a few.
Greenpeace adroitly used the analogy between drug addiction and oil addiction in a new video, released last week. The video's imagery is powerful and the point won't be missed by many, even in the "Drill, Baby, Drill" crowd. In fact, they provided the soundtrack for the spot.
Help break the addiction
The video asks citizens to call upon the presidential candidates to pledge, if elected, to reinstate the moratorium on offshore drilling. A Republican president, George H.W. Bush, first enacted the presidential moratorium on drilling in the OCS in 1990. In 1998, a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, added to the ban. Protecting the OCS from drilling is an issue that cuts across party lines, and that both parties have held near and dear. The ban expired on Sept. 30.
The U.S. burns 25 percent of the world's oil, but we only have three percent of the world's proven oil reserves. Offshore drilling won't deliver a drop of oil for ten years, according to the Bush Administration's own numbers. That means we'll never be able to drill our way to lower gas prices or energy independence.
In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Administration recently did a detailed study of the likely outcome of offshore drilling for their Annual Energy Outlook 2007, "Impacts of Increased Access to Oil and Natural Gas Resources in the Lower 48 Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS)." Their conclusion:
The projections in the OCS access case indicate that access to the Pacific, Atlantic, and eastern Gulf regions would not have a significant impact on domestic crude oil and natural gas production or prices before 2030.
Drilling for offshore oil is like giving an addict a bigger dose - it doesn't solve the problem, it just makes it worse—for all of us.
It's time to quit oil, get clean, and make a permanent switch to renewable energy. Take action at greenpeace.org
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