To Drill Or Not To Drill

662 words - 3 pages

To Drill or Not To Drill

William D. Colbert III


September 9th, 2013

Amanda Freeman

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...

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