What is the worst thing that could happen to South Carolina? A hurricane would be terrible. But an oil spill would kill us. The extent of the wetlands on the coast make the idea of a clean-up next to impossible. And the billions of dollars that this state makes from tourism would evaporate, unlike the tar on our beaches. It might take decades to recover.
Oil and gas exploration off U.S. coasts would be expanded under legislation the U.S. House of Representatives passed over the threat of a presidential veto.
The vote on the bill, H.R. 2231, was 235-186.
The measure would require the Obama administration to conduct additional sales of oil and gas leases off the coasts of Virginia, South Carolina, southern California and Alaska over the next five years, reports Bloomberg BNA.
In addition, it would order the administration to create a plan that would open up almost all of the nation’s coastline for exploration; a draft would be due July 15, 2014, and a final plan approved by July 15, 2015.
“This bill doesn’t harm the environment,” said Washington state Republican Doc Hastings, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee. “We want to drill safely and responsibly.”
Sadly, like Clean Coal, we haven’t found a way to do that yet.