The “Environmental Movement” is one of the most dangerous facing the Unites States. The writing below proves that the “Environmentalists and Politicians” don’t give a hoot about the environment.
Environmentalists and progressive politicians not only are making it impossible for the US to become energy self-sufficient, they are 100% responsible for over 80,000 barrels of annual oil pollution off the California coast and over 500,000 barrels of annual oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico. This oil pollution is not caused by oil companies. It is natural seepage. All that has to be done to reduce this natural seepage to zero is to drill more and relieve the pressure. What does Obama and the Secretary of the Interior do? They ban all drilling off our coasts. Thus, they are directly responsible for polluting our coast lines on purpose and for almost a trillion dollars a year being sent to foreign oil producing countries.
First posted on August 28, 2009 with the headline Environmentalists and Politicians Do Not Care About the Environment – HERE IS THE PROOF –
Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) and the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB) are the first to quantify the amount of natural seepage of oil and gas offshore from Santa Barbara and Ventura County in California.
Natural seepage of oil per day off shore from Santa Barbara, California is estimated to be 10,000 gallons or 238 barrels per day or over 87,000 barrels of oil per year. To put this in perspective, in the infamous 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara coastal waters, approximately 80,000 barrels of oil was spilled. Every 12 months approximately 87,000 barrels spew up from the sea floor along Santa Barbara’s coast line naturally from off shore oil seeps. Assuming the Santa Barbara natural seepage of 87,000 barrels of oil per year; approximately 3,475,000 barrels of oil have seeped naturally of the Santa Barbara coast over the past 40 years. Lack of proper actions to eliminate this natural seepage by environmentalists and politicians for over 40 years (I call this: “pollution on purpose”) is responsible for more than 43 times the “accidental” Santa Barbara oil spill in 1969.
Also, to put this into further perspective, since 1969, off shore California accidental oil spills from producing oil rigs operated by the major oil companies have been only 842 barrels.
To put this in further perspective, more oil has naturally seeped off the coast of Santa Barbara since that drilling ban went into effect in 1969 than flowed from the BP well that recently blew out in the Gulf of Mexico; and not one politician or environmentalist show any concern. It is estimated that natural seepage in the Gulf of Mexico is 500,000 barrels of oil per year. This is incredible.
Natural offshore seeps of Gas is estimated to be 6,075 tons per year. The Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control estimates greenhouse gas emitted by all vehicles in Santa Barbara County to be 4,800 tons per year.
To reduce this natural oil and gas seepage, we need to drill for additional gas and oil to relieve the pressure that drives the natural seepage. This drilling could even be done on shore, requiring no new off shore drilling rigs. The environmental groups and politicians reject this solution because they want to appear to be politically correct; want to maintain their power and oppose anything to do with the oil companies making a dollar.
In 2008, President Bush rescinded the federal ban on off shore oil drilling. On July 20, 2009, Arnold Schwarzenegger propose oil drilling of the outer continental shelf. Several weeks later the liberal California State legislature voted against this measure. On September 1, 2009, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote to oppose all Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil drilling in their report to the Department of the Interior.
If drilling were allowed by the politicians and the environmentalists, a giant pollution problem would be slowed down and eventually eliminated for future generations; the State of California would have received billions of $$ in royalties, the US would be less dependent upon foreign oil imports; with supply increasing, prices of oil & natural gas would trend lower and the citizens of the US and California would be better off. The State could even use some of the billions in royalties to promote clean solar energy.
The drilling solution is a win-win for everyone, and yet the politicians care more about their getting re-elected and the environmentalists care more about their power than any of them think about benefiting the citizens, the State and the Country.
What are these people missing here? This is a sad day for the people these two groups are supposed to represent, us!!!
Moral of the Story = Government Get Out of Our lives and let capitalism flourish. It works every time.
Actual Photographs of natural oil & gas seeps: