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06/30/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Dirty Secrets Of Offshore Drilling (PHOTOS)

President Obama's recent announcement to open up areas that have been off limits to offshore drilling came as a shock to many. Then the tragic accident at an offshore rig in the Gulf of Mexico reminded the the country why offshore drilling was banned in so many areas to begin with, as 11 are still missing and presumed dead from the explosion--and 5,000 barrels of oil continue to pour every day into the ocean.

The United States produces about 1.5 million barrels of oil a day from offshore drilling, but consumes 21 million barrels a day.

Here are 7 dirty secrets the advocates of offshore drilling don't want you to know.

The Dirty Secrets Of Offshore Drilling