Big Oil invades all of our dreams, doesn’t it? A Virginia Beach publication called Hampton Roads condemns Virginia Beach‘s expected approval of offshore drilling on the East Coast:
Despite industry claims to the contrary, oil and gas drilling promises an increased risk of environmental troubles, both in the water and onshore. If that threat turns to reality, as it has so many times in so many places, the damage to Virginia Beach’s hotel and restaurant industry would take years to overcome.
Yeah; drilling destroys the environment in a hurry. Ask any marine biologist about all the life that springs up around oil rigs. Oil production is also really ugly. Witness this development in California from the early 1960s, when technology was still very primitive:
That’s what they could do in the early 1960s, and we know more now: we can drill for oil and natural gas without messing up the environment, or hurting the tourist trade in areas that depend on it.
The editorial also suggests that “even the most optimistic estimates don’t show enough gas or oil off Virginia to make a significant change in world prices.” Which of course makes me wonder at the mindset that suggests there’s no point in developing resources, because no single project will have an effect on world prices. Except for drilling in ANWR, which there’s no point to doing because we wouldn’t see the benefits of it for about ten years. As Jay Leno remarks, “isn’t that what they were telling us ten years ago?”
I hope the people at HamptonRoads.com ride bicycles to work. If people like this have their way, we’ll all have to at some point: Soylant Green is people!