The Obama administration keeps defending its six-month moratorium on all deepwater drilling as if safety can't improve significantly without a broad-based ban.
That's hardly the case.
Scientists, industry experts and even the federal government have identified alternatives that could be quickly implemented to make drilling safer while allowing some oil rigs to continue operations. President Obama needs to consider these options to minimize the financial hardship for thousands of Louisianians.
It's not just thousands of Louisianians. It's also thousands of Texans, Mississippians and Alabamians, too. Oil and gas exploration and production are massive portions of the Gulf Coast economy. The moratorium puts people out of work and will send rigs to other parts of the world that are friendlier to deepwater exploration than the US. Brazil, for example.
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