There have been nasty oil spills for decades and they haven’t “ruined the environment”.
There are lists, some of which appear on various threads here on CAF. For example, the Exxon Valdez which is often used as the gold standard for oil spill disasters currently ranks only about #35 on the list of the world’s worst oil spills.
Not only that, but folks who worry so much about oil rig spills and tanker spills completely ignore the natural seepage of oil from the ocean floor.
AND, oil tanker disasters cause far more oil spills than oil rig disasters. AND, by stopping drilling, we are running much higher risks of oil spills when we have to import more and more oil from overseas.
However, not having the drill rigs means we have to buy our oil from someone else, and most of the oil is produced by countries that are somewhat hostile to freedom and democracy.
Basically, we are increasingly being held hostage by hostile regimes and we are refusing to do anything to help ourselves. To make matters worse, many of those hostile regimes are financing terrorism which is directed against … the United States. So we are paying for our defense and we are paying for the people who are attacking us.
On top of that, we are causing massive unemployment in the U.S. energy sector.
What is wrong with this picture?
Now, there is something painless that we could do: adopt a standard such that every car produced must be able to burn methanol. Which we can make from natural gas.
It is called “Flex Fuel” … any mix of gasoline and methanol. Any alcohol. But methanol is cheaper than ethanol.
But, none of the members of Congress or the president are interested.
Now, what could be done is for each governor of each state to impose that requirement for vehicles sold in that state. The technology is already in production. Costs somewhere around $100 per car. Thereabouts.
Methanol is widely used as a racing fuel because it is safer than gasoline.
In 2005, the governor of California ordered usage of methanol stopped and ethanol used instead. [sigh]