To Drill or Not to Drill?

I am against the continuing of drilling for oil, and I believe that we should push for more green jobs and cleaner fuels is which in my opinion I think is very important. Continuing to drill will simply cause us to go deeper and deeper to find more oil while at the same time putting our economy into deeper dependency of oil. I would compare this need for oil to an addiction; reason being is that people don’t realize the damage they’re doing to themselves till the thing that they are addicted to is all out. Although that is an extreme point, I think that in many ways it is very similar.

Continuing to drill for oil will only lead to more catastrophes like the Exxon oil spill and the BP oil spill. Although these types of disasters don’t happen every day, just one of these disasters can cause damage for generations to come. In the case of the Exxon oil spill, it impacted 1,300 miles and took roughly 10,000 workers, 1,000 boats, 100 airplanes, and navy, army, and air force to clean up the spill (http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0215471/oil_spills.htm). In the case of the BP oil spill it is still unknown the damage caused to the environment and to the future generations.

One key habit that is hindering thinking is looking this with resistance-to-change and not considering other perspectives. I believe that resistance-to-change is a key factor in hindering people’s opinions in this matter due to the fact that there are no wide spread solutions to the energy crisis so many people just stick to what’s been working since they can remember. Another reason that resistance to change can hinder thinking in this case is as stated in our class text book “simple laziness.” The reason I think that is because finding solutions form major problems can be very difficult and might just have some people sticking with what works and has been working.

A way to overcome the hindering of thinking such as resistance to change is to look at things through different perspectives which usually have some good points and is very useful to understand the truths behind them. I think the best way to overcome bad habits hindering one’s thinking is to think things clearly, check your information, and check to see if the information

comes from credible sources. Therefore, I believe the continuing of drilling will simply cause us to go deeper and deeper to find more oil while at the same time putting our economy into deeper dependency of oil.