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Topic: I'm worried about offshore oil drilling vs. I'm worried about not drilling offshore

This spring, the explosion of a Gulf Coast drilling rig and the resulting oil spill reawakened the debate about drilling for oil off America's coasts. By pursuing an energy agenda that includes offshore oil drilling, the United States can reduce its dependence on foreign oil, an economic benefit with positive impact for national security. But hold on, critics say, we don't need any more manmade environmental disasters, and why take such risks in pursuit of a fossil fuel that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, which in turn may invite an even greater environmental disaster? Should we jettison future oil production and commit to developing alternative energy sources, such as solar and wind power, or strive for a balance among all our options, including nuclear energy? In which direction should the country head as it considers powering its future—and should offshore drilling have a role?

Let us—and Orange alumni around the world—know your thoughts on the topic in 300 words. 

 

Send your comments to jacox@syr.edu.

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