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What does the spill mean for offshore drilling?

The massive oil spill in the Gulf has provided new ammunition to critics of offshore oil drilling. To what extent is that criticism justified, and what are the policy implications of saying no to offshore drilling?

Posted by Rachel Saslow on May 6, 2010 9:47 AM
FROM THE PANEL

Oil independence

In 1973, I was working at a Gulf Oil station in Leader Heights, just south of York, Penn. I learned a valuable lesson that applies to our current situation.

Posted by Rick Edmund, on May 10, 2010 11:27 AM

Secure our energy future

Using this accident as an excuse to turn back the clock on offshore drilling would be short-sighted.

Posted by Jack N. Gerard, on May 7, 2010 10:37 AM

Socializing risk and privatizing profit?

For corporations, it's a pretty good deal -- they keep the profits and society takes the risks and assumes the liability. There is a better way.

Posted by David F. Hales, on May 6, 2010 12:42 PM

Winds of change?

MMS had planned to conduct a lease sale for an area off Virginia in as soon as two years. That probably will and should be delayed.

Posted by Donald F. Boesch, on May 6, 2010 9:05 AM

Lower risks, don't eliminate them

Those who want to impose another moratorium are the same people who object to oil imports. They can't have it both ways. Either we produce oil domestically or we import it.

Posted by William O'Keefe, on May 5, 2010 5:22 PM

The case for offshore development

When such an event occurs it is also important to put it in perspective. Incidents of this magnitude are incredibly rare, not just in the U.S., but globally as well.

Posted by David Hone, on May 5, 2010 12:36 PM

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