Deepwater offshore drilling is in the best interest of the United States
http://www.independent.com/news/2008/jul/30/californians-now-back-offshore-drilling/ ] Those most familiar with the spill, "the citizens of Santa Barbara support more drilling, with 63 percent in favor of expanded drilling and just 29 percent opposed." [2. Con claims that Santa Monica, CA spill proves how terrible an oil spill is. Bacteria ate the methane, ethane, and propane from the Gulf spill, having a strong mitigating effect.