The offshore drilling leases were supposed to provide a source of revenue for the people of the US to use in recreation, i.e., parks and other outdoor activity, the return on the sale the "people" expected, for the profitable use of our offshore property. Guess what? Not a penny! Congress has taken the lease revenues for other uses and it's now thought beyond realistic payback without dire consequences. It should be "reined in" and until it is, no new leases!
(From: Tell Bush/Cheney Administration: Stop Offshore Oil Drilling! Petition 6/17/2007)