DOI public comment on offshore energy ends Sept. 21
By Matt Walker
24 HOURS. That's all you got to let the feds now how you feel about offshore energy. Do you want oil or wind? Solar or hydrokinetics? It's all up for grabs along with a shitload of leases. One thing we can say as surfers: with a 'blowout" in the Timor Sea off of Australia gushing oil for the past three weeks -and expected to gush for two more to the tune of an estimated 5800 square miles (the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined ) and 150,000 gallons (that's more than half the amount of the Valdez spill) -- from "state of the art" technology built and installed in 2007 and 2008, the cries that we can drill "cleaner and safer" are starting to sound like more slick promises. (And that's without a hurricane or major storm.) And with every coastal state earning more from clean beaches than they ever will from Big Oil - and green industry producing three time the jobs per dollar as petroleum -- there's not much economic motivation unless you're paycheck says Exxon/Mobil. But we won't tell you how to think. Do the research yourself. But do it quick. Just remember, once you climb into bed with "big oil", you're married forever.
For an aerial image of the Aussie spill, click here.