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Drilling towards a Better America: The Benefits of Offshore Drilling As the dial on the dashboard slowly lowers towards empty, aggravation skyrockets. Pulling into a gas station should feel relieving; a full tank of gas represents freedom. However nothing feels worse than driving away sixty dollars out of pocket- It is enough to deplete a bank account and a spirit. In fact many people prolong that fateful trip to the gas station by refusing to leave the house when the tank is low or even driving on empty until the car completely stops functioning. Like it or not, Americans are completely dependent on oil. It is found in almost every aspect of everyday life, considering it can generate heat, drive machinery, fuel vehicles, and airplanes. Due to the high demand, the United States alone burns through 18.83 million barrels of oil per day, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Changing our nation’s fuel reliant ways is nearly impossible, so there is no option but to stay defenseless to the soaring prices. The United States needs is a policy that increases, domestic energy production. Offshore drilling development is a vital component of U.S. energy expansion. Making the appropriate arrangements to continue towards offshore oil and natural gas production will contribute to economic growth and a strengthened U.S. position in global markets. Oceans cover nearly three-quarters of Earth's surface and are home to many vast oil reserves. Unfortunately, attaining undersea drilling sites poses a challenge. Offshore drilling allows for the oil beneath the ocean floor to be extracted and transported to the surface (Mangone 7). In 1981, a Congressional suspension prohibited oil and gas drilling along the east and west coasts ... ... middle of paper ... ... 2013. "The Economic Benefits of Offshore Drilling to South Carolina." Miley & Associates INC., June 2012. Web. 4 May 2014. "Questions and Answers." Oil Spill Facts. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Company, n.d. Web. 02 May 2014. "Offshore Drilling: Industry Perspectives." Committee on Natural Resources, 25 Feb. 2009. Web. 21 Apr. 2014. Smith, Eric. "Offshore Oil Drilling Might Make Environmental Sense." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 02 Apr. 2010. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Lieberman, Ben. "A Rational Post-Oil Spill Policy Would Allow Offshore Drilling." The Heritage Foundation. N.p., 14 July 2010. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. Hemingway, Mark. "The Immediate Benefit Of Offshore Drilling." CBSNews. CBS Interactive, 17 July 2008. Web. 13 Apr. 2014. Stolberg, Sheryl. "Bush Calls for End to Ban on Offshore Oil Drilling." New York Times. N.p., 19 June 2008. Web. 4 May 2014.


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