We are personally affected by an issue that has come to public attention during the campaign for California’s senate seat. According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer, running for re-election in California against Republican former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, has recently denounced her opponents support for off shore oil drilling which could put our son’s local oil industry job in jeopardy. Senator Boxer recently staged a campaign appearance on a beach in Southern California to drive home the point to voters about the difference between her stance on new offshore oil drilling and that of her opponent Fiorina.
Our son is an soil engineer who works for a major oil company. He is based here in Los Angeles and helps the company drill for oil, safely. He and the other members of his team take his job seriously, they know it’s the air and water their own family drinks and breathes that they could be polluting. He is confident in the skills and knowledge of his team and the technology they work with and I have confidence in them as well. The issue is especially sensitive after the recent British Petroluem (BP) oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. We love having him close by, we love to be able to visit with him and as we are getter older, it is very helpful to have him and our daughter close by. My wife and myself both recently had some medical issues and the fact that our son and daughter lived so close really made the situation a lot easier.
The article goes on to say how Senator Boxer highlighted Fiorina’s support for California ballot Proposition 23, which would suspend some of the state’s severe environmental laws until the unemployment rate rose over a certain level. But the reality is, the United States needs this fossil fuel and can either get it domestically by drilling or it can rely on foreign sources, which brings another whole new set of problems. I think there is a way to drill safely, with a low, controlled risk, in certain areas which can contain spills should they occur. Things break, accidents happen, even terrorist attacks are possible, so no matter what the technology and safety level, there will always be a possibility of a leak or a spill. We just need to use resources and technology to manage and minimize that risk while taking advantage of the natural resources we do have available for our use, and using them in a smart, sustainable way, that also prepares for the future.
In a response to Senator Boxer’s statements, a representative for Fiorina reminded the Times that Senator Boxer is personally invested in the offshore oil drilling industry as she invested $150,000. of her family’s money in a company called Diamond Offshore Drilling. I think its just another example of hypocrisy by politicians, which is a similar comment to the one Fiorina spokesperson, Andrea Saul, made to the newspaper.
This can really impact our family in that if offshore drilling is outlawed or heavily reduced in California, as Senator Barbara Boxer has called for, our son could lose his job or be forced to re-locate, taking our daughter and grandson to another to another part of the country or the world.
Seema Mehta “Boxer denounces Fiorina’s support for new offshore oil drilling” The Los Angeles Times via latimes.com
California Secretary of State Voter and Ballot Guide California Secretary of State website www.sos.ca.gov