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Caleb Hattaway
UWRT 1102-025
Ms. Douglas
April 28, 2015
Multi Genre Persuasive Essay
Keep U.S. Drilling
There has been a lot of talk in the recent years about offshore
drilling for oil. There has been a lot of controversy on whether or not it
is safe; some argue it should be banned completely. With the BP Oil
spill happening just over 5 years ago this thought process has become
quite common. However, my argument is that banning it, or even
trying to limit it, is in no way practical. My research has concluded that
the economic benefits of offshore drilling are far too great to just pass
up and if we, in fact, banned all offshore drilling the cost would be
detrimental to our economy. In my argument I will discuss a few
reasons why we should further the exploration of offshore drilling. First
off I will discuss what will happen if we banned all drilling, then I will
discuss what we have to gain if we further offshore drilling by starting
to drill in the Atlantic.
Amidst all the chaos during the BP oil spill David W. Kreutzer and
John L. Ligon posted a report that dealt with the topic of what would
happen if a ban were placed over offshore drilling. They argued that if
a ban were placed it would end up costing Americans $737 billion

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dollars in petroleum costs by 2035. Not only that, it would cut the
nations GDP $1.5 trillion and countless jobs (1). Reasons like this are
why we cant ban offshore drilling, the economic effects would be
detrimental to our nations economy. So if thats what will happen if we
were to ban it, what would happen if we further it, you may ask?
If we were to further exploration of offshore drilling it would have
great economic and even some environmental benefits. In an article by
Jennifer A. Dhouly she writes about a report that came out in 2014 by
the Palmetto Policy Forum. The report discusses the economic benefit
six states could see if drilling in the Atlantic was opened up. For
example our home state of North Carolina could see $24.5 billion in
revenue (2). According to Nathaniel Carys article that is on the same
report, He states that South Carolina could see $15 billion in added
revenue plus anywhere from 8,200 to 45,700 new high paying jobs (3).
We know our nation is always in need of high paying jobs, and with
added revenue like stated earlier it would only make sense to continue
the drilling.
Now as I said before there are still some environmental benefits to
drilling, but no one really likes to talk about them. For example, in an
article by Bruce Allan he discusses how drilling actually helps the
environment. Allan is from California, and he argues that when the
drilling occurs it actually lessens the amount of oil that contaminates
the water through natural seepage. Natural seepage is when oil builds

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up so much pressure under the sea floor that it pushes oil out of pores
in the sea floor. In fact, 63% of oil that makes its way into the ocean
comes from natural seepage. Allan argues that, when the drilling
occurs, it takes pressure off the ocean floor and causes the seepage to
close (4). It only makes sense because when you thing about it, its
similar to high pressure air tank, if you press on the air release it blows
out air but if you hold down on the release for long enough the
pressure lessens over time.
Wrapping up I hope you understand why we cant stop offshore
drilling and why it only makes sense to further it. The economic impact
of ending it would cause a huge hole in revenue and would end up
costing Americans for years to come. Furthering exploration, however,
would help not only our economy but also our environment. It would
bring billions of dollars and countless jobs to specific states, but it
would also, in fact, lessen the amount of oil we allow to pour into the
oceans. I hope this has helped you grasp just what drilling has to offer
and why we should Keep U.S. Drilling!

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Works Cited
1. Kreutzer, Ph.D., David W., and John L. Ligon. "The Economic Impact
of an

Offshore Drilling Ban." The Heritage

Foundation. 1 July 2010. Web. 16 Mar.

2. Dlouhy, Jennifer A. "Study: East Coast States Could Cash in on
Offshore Drilling."
Fuel Fix. 17 Sept. 2014. Web. 3 Apr. 2015.
3. Cary, Nathaniel. "SC Offshore Drilling Report: Economy Beats
Environment." The

Greenville News. 18 Sept. 2014. Web. 28

Apr. 2015.
4. Allen, Bruce. "How Offshore Oil and Gas Production Benefits the
Economy and

the Environment." The Heritage Foundation. 30

Nov. 2009. Web. 27 Mar.