The problem in California isn't environmental safeguards. It isn't a dearth of storage capacity. It's a lack of rain. Sacrificing the Bay-Delta ecosystem and building more canals and reservoirs won't usher in the rain clouds or create more water.
The oil industry's influence on the political process is holding America hostage. Rather than giving handouts to wealthy companies that endanger our coastal communities, we should be investing in the clean, 21st century technologies.
It is cynical for politicians to claim that more drilling will relieve high gas prices. More drilling only means more profits for the oil industry -- not lower costs at the pump
Last week, Rep. Doc Hastings, chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, declared, "Drilling is safe." It was as if we learned nothing from the BP disaster and the ongoing suffering it has caused.