To Drill or Not To Drill
William D. Colbert III
September 9th, 2013
There is an ever increasing demand to meet fuel requirements within the United
States. High oil and gasoline prices make this demand a costly one. With the future
availability of these finite resources in question, it is imperative that alternative energy
sources be found immediately.
At present, fossil and nuclear fuels provide over 80% of the world’s energy.
By utilizing alternative, renewable forms of energy could considerably reducing the
United States’ financial burdens associated with dependency on foreign oil. In ...view middle of the document...
Images come to mind of rich Texas oil tycoons and Middle Eastern
business men that make billions of dollars as the result of numerous oil rigs throughout
the world. Anyone who would even consider the prolonged drilling and use of fossil fuels
is only concerned with making a hefty profit, and has little to no concern for the lingering
affects drill will have on the environment. This particular view is referred to as a “stereo-
type” that places different people into a similar category based on extreme
generalization. (Ruggiero, V. R., 2012) My unjust perception of people associated with
the oil industry prevents me from wanting to fully understand their views on the subject
of fossil fuels. In addition to my own notions regarding the oil industry, my opinion has
been further influenced by protester observed on television calling for public solidarity to
protect and preserve the environment for future generations. This especially hits home
with me as a father who wants to see his children and grandchildren grow up in a clean,
healthy world devoid of toxic chemicals that contaminate the environment...