Save the Earth: Drill in the US

Letting other countries produce oil cures nothing: Krauthammer
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 1, 2008 12:21 PM CDT
An oil worker climbs the steps of a new oil rig being drilled in the Sakhir, Bahrain, desert during sunset Thursday, July 24, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Asked why she so vehemently opposes offshore drilling, Nancy Pelosi recently replied, “I’m trying to save the planet.” Which is a nice thought, Charles Krauthammer writes in the Washington Post, but it’s completely illogical. We’re not saving the planet by leaving the drilling to the likes of Nigeria, where corruption and neglect routinely lead to spills, pipeline explosions, and illegal siphoning.

Contrast that with the US’ Gulf of Mexico rigs, which withstood Hurricane Katrina without spilling a drop, and you’ll see the inanity of Pelosi’s argument. "The United States has the highest technology to ensure the safest drilling," Krauthammer argues. "Additionally, the United States has one of the most extensive and least corrupt regulatory systems on the planet."