IN THE RING: Should we drill for oil off Oregon’s coast?

<b>Jeff Anderson, UFCW Local 555 Secretary-Treasurer:</b> “No, I opposed this crazy idea long before the current spill in the gulf. It was a bad idea when all the Republicans went wild with “Drill Baby Drill”. Oregon’s pristine ecosystem must be protected from this short term thinking.This Native Oregonian will fight any initiative to drill for oil on the Oregon Coast. We have so many renewabal resourses availabal in Oregon. We must embrace Hydro, Wind, Solar and bring on new resouses such as Hydro fuel cell technology.” <b>Art Bobrowitz, Compass Rose Consulting:</b> “Yes, I would support drilling as long as it is a part of other types of off shore renewable energy sources. I would not support rampant oil drilling rigs with no plan. Any drilling would have to include proven technology and research. I would like to see Oregon’s university system take on the project of balancing Oregon’s environmental off shore future while creating the research, technology and jobs for different types of energy resource development. This would be an excellent opportunity for next generation education, energy research and breaking our dependency on Middle East oil. “Will we have risk? Of course we will. Our current oil dependency is a no win situation. What this country spends and has spent in litigation dollars could well have paid for significant research. We have to get rid of that blank check. What...

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