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It truly is yellow lobbying groups here and oil that they really goes on and on and on we're gonna bring in now I mean I guess we're gonna kind of bring in a couple of.
A couple of debaters right now to see who's on this but CEO we've got Larry nickel and -- audio of DeVon energy and analyze -- An -- and Richard charter member of the Defenders of Wildlife action fund he's worked nearly three decades to prevent.
To prevent offshore drilling and -- guess the first question would have to go to you Richard -- -- -- -- -- -- report that the oil is out there.
And throw in the regulation -- litigation in the lobbying we cannot access it.
Why isn't so important to you that we not access the oil beneath -- there.
I think -- be fair it's important to recognize that for coastal state governors.
This is an economic issue in California we have about 43 billion dollars.
Worth of economic activity that's dependent on our -- coastal waters and our beaches.
That's about 700000 jobs.
But we -- a full report yesterday -- saying in fact that if we drill for more oil out there that we would take some of the oil away that mother nature has naturally seeping into the ocean so it would actually be an environmental benefit to get some of that oil beneath the ground out.
I'm afraid that's not accurate we we know a lot about this technology in California we've had it for years in certain areas that we've experienced the past the worse -- everything in between.
In terms of routine day to day -- charges and major spells and the actual truth they is that.
Governors from six coastal states California Oregon and Washington.
Main North Carolina and New Jersey have suggested that the congressional moratorium should continue.
Because their coastal economies are dependent upon taking care of there shoreline.
Island outlets here from the oil side of the equation just hang on 12 Larry Nichols I wanna bring UN.
One of the most prominent things that we're hearing right now from those who are against drilling offshore.
Is that there's already a ton -- area that has been leased out and that oil companies aren't taking advantage of -- their first and everybody wants them to do that.
Before they get more and more area talent when he say that.
Well our industry is already really exhausted most of the eastern half ago from Mexico or the western have to -- from Mexico where we can drill now.
We're we're really taking the far depths of those waters.
Where we are discovering new discoveries there is time to move on.
We -- 85%.
Of -- -- offshore waters are off limits.
It's really a false choice -- just heard this choice that if we explore there you're gonna have oil spills but sheer nonsense look at the past experience.
We just had in 1995.
Two of the biggest hurricanes ever.
Blow right through the middle.
We're dual gas -- -- -- drills offshore Louisiana offshore Texas and had no spills at all.
Beaches remain clean water remain clean even though platforms were blown down pipelines were destroyed.
There was no environmental damage at all.
-- that has mentioning whenever you're up from the other guests as well you know we we have had these disasters we haven't seen this village at any meaningful.
Nature and you know it makes you ask the question if if nature is causing more of the seat -- -- in the -- out there.
Maybe we're doing a pretty good job back Alley and maybe we've learned how to do is -- -- Well that's wishful thinking when you have a natural seat -- life either leaves.
Or had gaps when you have an oil spell.
It kills whatever it touches and as a matter of fact if we only had an oil spill once a year I don't think that would be an acceptable number.
Relative to post-Katrina Gulf of Mexico claims.
There was a Canadian satellite that took a photograph from space.
Of the Gulf of Mexico after Katrina and there was oil all over the Gulf of Mexico -- you can't argue with that photograph.
Mayor Richard -- but -- -- want to bring wrote William La -- back in really quickly when I got about fifteen seconds give me an idea he'd heard in the debate here.
Well I'll tell you this Richard you know that there are a dozen papers other use he has speed that -- -- to show that seepage.
Easily surpasses any of this -- numbers.
Having said that he's also right that any kind of a catastrophic spill.
Unlike the natural environmental -- -- the environment hasn't hasn't learned the way to cope with that however this bills have not been justified.
Putting in a offshore rig -- using a pipeline is the cleanest way to get oil as long as we have oil dependent economy.
That's just the facts but I do want to end up -- saying from a lobbying standpoint.
We looked at the top five environmental organizations compared to the top five oil companies.
In the environmental groups actually have more lobbyists register -- the with the house and with the senate in Washington.
-- this fight goes to the hill it is going to be a legislative fight is Rosalie legal one back.
-- actually surprising given that the progress that we've seen in Washington Larry Nichols thank you very much.
Richard thanks to this you can determine from modular like most thanks to all of you good debate is gonna go on an -- -- and the lobby is gonna go on these lawsuits are gonna go on the debate is going to continue and headed and it may be ended thirty years ago we might need a different position today.
Two to take on the oil problems that we -- And there's no hot issue right now in this election and an American pocketbooks says this -- -- -- we're gonna -- right on top I'm gonna debate this a lot here we want to hear what you think.
About the discussion and we just had with your reaction do you think we should -- -- offshore oil.
Email us at -- -- live desk at foxnews.com we're gonna get some of the emails up and running and just -- -- oil is down seven dollars not one in five cents a barrel to got a round -- the debate will have much more coming up.
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