Great Forum, Sara! I do not think we will ever replace oil spill jobs in any numbers that are meaningful. Look at America’s (and by extension), the world’s population. More and more people are able to afford/purchasing items that rely on oil for powering everyday devices.
That being said, I do agree that we should be investing more time and money in the development of alternative resources.
As for those in the Gulf, they are getting hit doubly hard this time. Their tourism and industry revenues are being severely hampered by this environmental (and man-made) tragedy. The 6-month moratorium is bogus. The solution is not to shut down the oil industry, but to scrutinize it more closely. Obviously, offshore exploration / production cannot continue right now, where oil is present. The reason being you’ll never be able to discern between any spill which occurs subsequent to this one and the BP release (other than by testing the oil). Although I could be wrong, in that there doesn’t appear to be many other fresh sources in the vicinity of the leaking well head.
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