To Drill or Not to Drill

Author: Rory B. Bellows

New Jersey Politicians are lost. I know that is not revealing state secrets or anything, but they are out to sea on offshore drilling. The majority of New Jersey’s congressional delegation is opposed to the idea of drilling off the Jersey coast.

Environmental activists raise the specter of massive Oil Spills ruining the Jersey Shore. There has not been a refinery spill in the United State since 1969. Drilling opponents claim a spill would destroy New Jersey’s tourism industry. While a spill is hypothetical, $4 a gallon gasoline is not. How is tourism supposed to thrive when no one can afford to drive to the shore or Atlantic City?

According to a recent poll, 67% of Americans support the idea of offshore drilling. The US Mineral Management Service reports that America’s outer continental shelf contains 19 million barrels of recoverable Oil. ANWR is estimated to contain 10 billion barrels of oil. There are 29 billion barrels of Oil that we have but cannot recover. There are 800 billion barrels of Oil in the Green River Formation.

We cannot get to any of that. Politicians, including those in New Jersey, are going to end up with nice, pristine beaches and vacation destinations that average Americans cannot afford to drive or fly to because supposed leaders lacked the foresight or political spine to support expanding America’s domestic oil supply.

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