Drill or Not to Drill

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To Drill or Not To Drill


To Drill or Not To Drill
Many people are debating how to best meet energy needs in the United States. Some argue that the country must decrease its dependence on oil and invest in alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power. Others argue that changing to new power sources is unnecessary and expensive. They state that the United States should search for oil in Alaska, the Gulf Coast, and other unexplored areas within the country. Throughout Barack Obamas’ presidential campaign in 2009, Barack Obama has pushed forward on his agenda to free America from dependency on foreign oil. A growth of green jobs was predicted to come in the coming years as new technologies, such as solar power and clean coal, are pursued, and expanded. Meanwhile, many people, and opposing politicians believe this is an unnecessary and expensive push. They state we could just continue drilling off the Gulf Coast, Alaska, and other areas within our country that are currently not being explored (Study Mode, 2011). Although the United States (U.S.) is the third largest for oil producing (the U.S. produces 10 percent of the world’s oil and consumes 24 percent), most of the oil we use is imported. The U.S. imported about 60 percent of the oil consumed in 2006 (Baird, 2008). About half the oil we import comes from the western hemisphere. Oil imports contribute heavily to the U.S. trade deficit, and the U.S. is forced to make political decisions that it might not make otherwise if they were not so dependent on other countries (Baird, 2008). With this said I have made my decision to agree that the U.S. should invest in alternative sources of energy, such as wind and solar power because this will allow us to become less dependent on other countries for our oil supply. One of the perceptual blocks and habit’s that would hinder my thinking when looking at the opposing views, but staying true to my own views would be the resistance to change...
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