An alternative to offshore drilling

Sounds like a pretty good argument against offshore drilling.

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold is making a case — perhaps indirectly — against offshore drilling as he pushes for oil and gas companies to develop the federal land they already lease to boost oil and gas production, before being given more federal leases… for, we assume, offshore drilling.

The argument comes as President Obama considers allowing more offshore drilling. And it comes as the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico spreades, threatening to become the worst environment disaster in years.

According to Feingold, oil companies lease more than 83 million acres of federal land and water but have yet to use nearly 61 million acres of it.

Feingold is pushing for greater oversight of the energy market to reduce excessive energy speculation and keep gas price hikes in check. He wants Obama to support his “Use It or Lose It” legislation to get oil companies to use lands they already lease first that often have already been explored.

2 thoughts on “An alternative to offshore drilling

  1. I agree Candace. Let’s get drilling rigs onto the ANWR lands immediately! There is nothing up there but tundra.

  2. Hemp produces the most biomass of any crop, which is why it is the natural choice for an energy crop. Hemp can produce 10 tons of biomass per acre every four months. Enough energy could be produced on 6% of the land in the U.S. to provide enough energy for our entire country.

    To put which in perspective, right now we pay farmers not to grow on 6% (around 90 million acres) of the farming land, while another 500 million acres of marginal farmland lies fallow. This land could be used to grow hemp as an energy crop. Hemp is the crop of the future, it has to be, its to valuable not to be.

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