The ongoing environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused by the sinking of a BP oil rig has reignited the debate about the risks of offshore drilling for fossil fuels. This issue was raised in the presidential election campaign of 2008, where the proponents of ending the ban on offshore drilling coined the phrase “Drill, baby, drill.”
Just recently, President Obama, in an effort to develop a comprehensive approach to greater energy independence and climate change policy has attempted to placate some of his opponents by endorsing a limited resumption of offshore drilling. The environmental crisis resulting from the continued leakage in the Gulf has, however, given supporters of renewable energy hope that America will finally realize the true cost of its dependence on fossil fuels and consider the alternatives.
June 1: This AQ-Efecto Naím segment looks at sustainable cities in the hemisphere.