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As a homeowner on SGI, I subscribe to the Apalachicola Times, and read with interest about the recent protest surrounding offshore drilling for oil by a local group of environmentalists.
Are these people out of their minds? Do they wish for our county and country to be continually at our knees to foreign Middle East countries for the lifeblood of our economic engine--Tourism--which is supplied by the abundance of oil ??
How many of these people who protested would be happy to see this area rely on things other than tourism--such as locally produced seafood products? I have been reading how this much beloved local industry is having its own difficulty right now unrelated to our collective concerns for the continuous supply of oil.
What kind of depression would Franklin County be in if we could NOT buy oil from overseas NOR produce oil domestically from drilling? If there were no tourists visiting the area, and if we had a challenged seafood industry, there would basically be no jobs in Franklin County...... What would these protesters protest at that time ? My guess it that they would blame the government for their problems. Ahh, Liberals...You can never make them happy.
My other guess is that most of the people who "joined hands across the sand" are idealists, who generally wish the best for this area, but just don't get it. Not only should we be drilling for oil NOW, but we should also be exploring Alaska (where all the polar bears live) and we should also be doing all that we can to sustain the development and exploration of oil and natural gas--not for the betterment of society--but for the sheer existence of the world in which we live.
Believe it or not, I love the environment as much as anyone. I love the outdoor pleasures that surround me on beautiful St. George Island, and I support the RiverKeepers. . But I am willing to risk that the benefits of technological developments for oil production can and will supercede the possibility of an accident that might temporarily jeopardize the wildlife and world that we all love on SGI. It's a risk worth taking. And at the same time we should be developing alternative fuels. Our energy needs must be attacked, not protested!!