Environmentalists with Oil on Their Hands

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By Henry P. Wickham, Jr.

When evaluating in an honest way all factors that contributed to the current pollution of the Gulf, we must ask why BP was drilling in 5,000 feet of ocean when there are so many other accessible and safe alternatives. There are large deposits of oil shale in Western Colorado that could easily and safely be extracted as it is now in Western Canada. We have all heard of the huge deposits of oil in ANWR, on Alaska's North Shore. Because of improved drilling technology, all available oil in ANWR can be extracted by using only 2,000 of its roughly 19,000,000 acres.

BP now drills in 5,000 feet of ocean because these better alternatives have been foreclosed to the oil industry. Environmental groups have effectively stymied this safe and relatively easy production of oil in the name of some higher but more nebulous good. Where they once rationalized their campaign against oil companies based upon the threat of environmental degradation, environmental groups now use the increasingly dubious claims of global warming to justify their obstruction.

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Canada extracts oil from oil SANDS, not oil SHALE.

The processes, difficulties, yields, and profitability are all inherently and greatly different.

"oil shale in Western Colorado" never said the shale was Canada. Everything the Echocondriacs have done so far is nothing but destructive.Can anyone name one thing the enviros have done that was positive?

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