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HUM 111 To Drill or Not to Drill

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To Drill or Not to Drill
I agree with President Obama that we should begin pushing to free America from
dependency on foreign oil. Not only does that dependency make the United States
venerable from an economic perspective, but also in a military perspective. As long as
the U.S. is dependent on other sources for oil and other resources, it’s in constant
danger of being cut-off, or even worse, coerced (1) into performing actions for other
countries. According to a recent statistic from the U.S. Energy Information
Administration, in 2009 over 1.5 million barrel were imported from countries that were
members of the OPEC with over 62% coming from Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, and
Nigeria. Another 1.7 million barrels were imported from non OPEC (2) members (2010).
Any of those countries could decide to stop exporting oil to the U.S. which would cause
the, already struggling, economy to possibly collapse. By turning to renewable
resources such as solar power and clean coal, President Obama is attempting to rid the
United States of those possibilities and become more independent. Opposing
arguments may believe it’s unnecessary to spend money on such expensive projects,
but the outcome is well worth the price. Everything costs money in today’s global
economy so why should research be any different? Another view states that the U.S.
could continue to drill off of its own oil reserves to help. That is one possibility; however
the idea is to hold on to its own reserves for when it actually is needed. Because oil is
not renewable, careful consideration must be used in deciding how it gets used.
Currently, fossil fuels, like crude oil, contribute to an average of 83.7% of the energy in
the United States alone (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2010). Its only going
(1) Coerced – to force to act or think a certain way by use of pressure, threats, or intimidation.
(2) OPEC – The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

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