Drill Baby Drill

Well, the left has moved into full “I told you so” mode. They are taking the recent incident with the Transocean Deepwater Horizon oil rig as proof that oil exploration is inherently dangerous to our environment. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is one isolated incident and not really indicative of the safety of oil exploration off the coast of our country. And as a result of this, the White House announced this morning that no new offshore drilling operations would be approved until we know why the Transocean Deepwater Horizon exploded, burned, and sank.

Listen, no one thinks that cars are too dangerous to drive, and there are thousands of deaths every year from car accidents. No one thinks that it’s too dangerous to fly, and there is little chance of surviving an airplane crash. But somehow, a handful of catastrophic environmental disasters are enough to make some people think that drilling for oil is too dangerous.

Now, I’m not saying that there’s no environmental impact. I’m not saying that there aren’t occasional incidents that have horrible impacts on our environment. I’m just saying that it’s okay. These incidents are catastrophic, but rare. Think of it as an industrial HIV infection. It doesn’t happen that often, but when it does, it’s a big deal. And yet, normal people still think that having sex is okay. So why the double standard for oil?

If cars ran on smugness and hypocrisy, we could stop drilling for oil. If you could make plastic out of sunshine and windmills, we could stop drilling for oil. But we need oil, and the calculus is simple: drill in America or fund terrorism. Those are our only two choices, and I’ve made mine. Sometimes when you ‘drill baby drill‘ you have to ‘kill baby krill‘.

So I call on the Obama Administration to immediately restart drilling. Don’t let your irrational fear of environmental disaster dissuade you from approving as many offshore rigs as possible. It’ll be fine. Don’t wait for an investigation into what caused the Transocean Deepwater Horizon to explode, burn, and sink to the bottom of ocean. We already know why: bad luck. These things happen.


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