Review of U.S. approach to offshore oil drilling


Deepwater Horizon Drill Rig

Image by SkyTruth via Flickr


The Wall St. Journal, on October 9, provides an interesting long-term look at U.S. offshore oil drilling, over the past few decades and political administrations. See
An Oil-Thirsty America Barreled Into ‘Dead Sea.’

Former Florida Sen. Bob Graham., co-chairman of the president’s oil-spill commission, blamed the BP disaster on what he called “an enormous and shared failure of public policy.” The causes of the spill, he said in recent testimony before the commission, “go back decades and are attributable across the spectrum to government, to industry, to the White House, to Congress, to Republicans, to Democrats.”

Now, in the wake of the spill, people across the political spectrum are drawing different lessons from it.

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