February 05, 2015


As he receives praise from environmentalists for halting drilling in the Arctic, Obama is planning offshore drilling--the same kind that resulted in the BP disaster--to take place on the East Coast from Delaware to Florida. Despite estimates that 80% of fossil fuels must remain in the ground to avoid the danger levels of emissions he claims he wants to avoid.

Obama Admin. Announces Plans to Open Atlantic & Arctic to Offshore Drilling

"Despite the growth of the oil and gas industry, offshore drilling is still no safer than it was five years ago when the Gulf Spill captivated Americans for months as we awaited an end to the gushing oil. Since then, Congress has not passed a single bill that would prevent such a disaster from happening again. The myth that more energy produced at home, means lower gas prices is simply untrue – oil is sold on the world market and a majority of what we produce at home is shipped overseas.

Even the exploration in itself is extremely dangerous. The Obama administration is currently reviewing applications to use seismic airguns that make dynamite-like blasts to search for oil and gas deposits deep below the ocean floor in an area twice the size of California, stretching from Delaware to Florida. Based on the government’s own estimates, seismic blasting in the Atlantic could harm fish populations while injuring as many as 138,000 marine mammals like whales and dolphins, and disturbing the vital activities of as many as 13.5 million more. To date, more than 60 Members of Congress, 200 elected officials and 29 coastal communities in the blast zone have publically opposed or voiced concern over the use of seismic airguns off the East Coast.”