05/10/2010 03:48 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

This Is "Environmentally Friendly" Drilling?

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu once said, "The environmentalists are wrong, actually. We can drill safely off the shores of America."

Today the world is watching in horror as BP fails to prevent millions of gallons of oil from gushing into the Gulf from some of the newest and most technologically advanced equipment in the world.

There are hundreds of these claims by politicians, the media, and oil companies that offshore drilling is somehow environmentally friendly.

Photo by Daniel Beltra

The current spill, described as more like an underwater oil volcano, is proof that oil drilling is catastrophic for our oceans, our fishing industry, and our coastal communities.

Now that they can no longer claim oil spills don't happen, will our politicians in Congress prevent the next spill by banning offshore drilling?