Having lived through the various oil spills in California over the years and the subsequent hiatus in new offshore drilling, and having been an engineer for big oil in both Saudi Arabia and arctic Alaska, I feel well acquainted with the ins and outs of risk on the issue of opening our shores to additional development.
And as a California resident I have been a staunch opponent of efforts to restart exploration on our shores.
But I think I need to change my position, for ethical reasons. My desire to protect my coastline, unless I work vigorously to get Californians out of their cars, is really NIMBYism at it’s worst. “Please don’t pollute our coasts, but please do continue to pollute others and while you’re at it please be as inefficient as possible about bringing petrol to us. See if you can bring it from half way round the world, that would be fine.”
I hate this, but it makes far more sense for us to extract and refine our fuel locally. Doesn’t it?