Monday, April 26, 2010

"Drill, Baby, Drill" = "Spill, Baby, Spill."

As the Deepwater Horizon continues to spew hundreds of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico - and the Obama administration considers opening up new areas of the ocean for exploration and drilling- I thought it might be a good time for me to say publicly what I have been saying only privately for nearly 10 years out of respect for my senior U.S. Senator.

I personally support Cape Wind, because I personally believe that the environmental and economic benefits clearly outweigh any potential adverse impacts.

As for offshore oil exploration and drilling off the U.S. coast - "Drill, Baby, Drill" inevitably leads to "Spill, Baby Spill" - and to the widespread destruction of the deep ocean and the inshore marine environment.

Remember the Ixtoc I, which blew out in the Gulf of Mexico in 1979. At that time I interviewed oil company executives who told me frankly that in a spill of this magnitude, the recovery effort was "window dressing".

And it can - and did - happen here. Remember the Argo Merchant, which broke apart off Masachusetts in 1976. We need to remember the lessons we have learned - or we will repeat the mistakes we have made.

Here's ten more reasons not to expand offshore drilling from the Center for American Progress.

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