There is an ongoing debate on what the United States’ policy should be concerning domestic oil drilling. Those from the political right argue for the rigorous excavation of crude oil through offshore drilling. The reasoning behind this is that America’s dependence on foreign oil would be cut substantially and we would see economic benefits. Those from the left side of the spectrum tend to be more critical of the expansion of offshore drilling. Instead, they favor the expansion of renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind, and water.

            There are certainly valid arguments from bother sides of the debate. In deciding whether we should continue to drill our own oil, or to abandon that strategy for something else, we need to look at the positives and negatives of domestic oil drilling. One major argument being made in favor of domestic oil drilling is that the proceeds from drilling would lower oil prices, which would then lead to another economic boom. Also, it would lessen our dependence on foreign oil, especially in the Middle East. Basically, we would not have to pay for another countries oil because we have our own. Because we have our own oil supply, oil prices would drop throughout the country. Similarly, the Alaskan people would benefit from the establishment of a prominent oil industry within their state. Many people would benefit from the thousands of jobs being created.

            Renewable energy sources are too high priced to become the standard in energy production, for right now. These renewable sources may be the future in energy production, but for now fossil fuels are the most practical energy source.

            Those that argue against domestic oil drilling argue that it hurts the environment. A wildlife refuge could be disturbed by humans, with animal lives possibly changed in the process. Also, it could take years, or even decades before any significant amount of oil is ready to use for our consumption.

            Another idea coming from those that oppose domestic oil drilling suggests leaving our own supply until other sources become tapped. Once other sources become exhausted, we would have an oil reserve to rely upon. Perhaps the biggest problem is the consumer. Those opposing domestic oil drilling argue that the debate takes the focus off the real reason there is a shortage. The real reason being that we consume excessive amounts of oil.

            There are certainly many valid arguments for, and against domestic oil drilling. It is obvious that the debate will not be settled anytime soon.