Shaking up years of energy policy and his own environmental backers, President Barack Obama threw open a huge swath of East Coast waters and other protected areas in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico to drilling Wednesday, widening the politically explosive hunt for more homegrown oil and gas.
Obama's move allows drilling from Delaware to central Florida, plus the northern waters of Alaska, and exploration could begin 50 miles off the coast of Virginia by 2012. He also wants Congress to lift a drilling ban in the oil-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico, 125 miles from Florida beaches.
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Whether to expand drilling or not may seem like a tough decision, but the smart and clear choice is to create the jobs and energy we need without generating even more carbon dioxide than we already are. Since renewable energy creates three times more jobs than fossil fuel production, the only reasonable choice is to put the ocean to safe and clean use to generate offshore wind power, rather than expanding harmful offshore drilling into sensitive marine ecosystems, threatening marine wildlife and otherwise vibrant coastal communities. Expanding drilling into such areas would run directly counter to your own efforts to reduce carbon emissions and it competes with the development of our clean energy future.
I urge you to make the safest and most economically sound decision – one that creates jobs and does not pander to Big Oil. While it may be a tough political decision, it will clearly be the right decision for our future.