Drill, Journalist, Drill

How dangerous is offshore oil drilling? What are the facts concerning the risks of more spills like the one now heading toward Louisiana? That is what journalists now should be drilling down to learn and tell us. There are huge implications for the Obama administration’s energy policy, as some news organizations are starting to report. We cannot assume that the administration will give us the whole story, if drilling is so dangerous that their plan to do more of it is now at risk. And we cannot assume that the oil industry will give us the whole story. Nor can we assume that environmentalists will give us all the facts, including any facts that might indicate drilling is not as risky as it seems. It is journalists who are needed now to sort out fact from opinion and give us the data we the public need to form our opinions, which in turn will drive policy.

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