SACE | Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Learn About Offshore Drilling
We on the Southeastern coast rely upon the health and beauty of the sea and the shoreline for our world-class coastal industries such as tourism and fishing. Offshore drilling jeopardizes the vitality of our coast with the threat of pollution from oil spills and the industrialization of our coastline with infrastructure such as pipelines and refineries.
In March 2016, the Obama administration decided to cancel plans for advancing drilling off the Atlantic coast. While this spared the Atlantic coast from the worst impacts of offshore drilling in the near term, there are still plans for harmful Atlantic seismic exploration, as well as ongoing major impacts of offshore drilling to Gulf coast communities.
Rather than endanger our beloved coastal areas with offshore drilling, we can bolster our local economies by increasing energy efficiency and developing clean energy sources such as solar and wind. These clean, renewable energy sources present superb economic development opportunities and yet do not degrade the environment. The Southeast has some of the greatest developable offshore wind resources in the entire country, capable of producing massive amounts of electricity.
Furthermore, we as a country can reduce our need for oil by increasing the efficiency of our vehicles, using alternative fuels, and simply driving less. Great progress is being made in developing biofuels and electric vehicles as well as transitioning our towns and cities to be more transit, bicycle, and pedestrian friendly.
With all of these factors in play, it’s time we gave the boot to offshore drilling and moved on with the clean energy economy.
Feb 1, 2008