The environmental concerns over the safety of U.S. oil drilling and offshore oil drilling must be taken seriously. The health and safety of the planet depends on keeping the earth in good condition. Offshore oil drilling can lead to massive ocean pollution. Even land animals can be affected by a spill because the oil will wash up on the beach and contaminate everything it touches. These spills can take decades to clean completely and can severely damage the natural populations of an area. Instead of placing more offshore drilling rigs and opening up one of the last untouched natural areas in the United States, we must turn to alternative energy sources that are renewable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly to ensure that we do not cause any further damage and stress to the earth. Fossil fuels, including oil, contribute to global warming and air pollution. Protecting the environment means putting an end to offshore oil drilling and a dependency on fossil fuels. Instead we need to look at and use other energy sources that are friendly to the environment. Ecological concerns about the environmental impact of drilling for oil are well-founded. The planet can only take so much abuse, but we can stop causing harm to the environment by using alternative energy sources that are more environmentally friendly than oil.
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