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“Domestic Oil Drilling”
Thesis: Americans should approve of my domestic oil drilling policy.
Organizational Pattern: Persuasive
SPS: To persuade my peers about drilling for oil in America.
I. Did you know that in the year 2007 alone the U.S. spent a total of $37.75 million per
hour on imported oil from foreign countries? (Top Ten Reasons, 2009)
II. Today, it is my goal to persuade you that my policy on drilling for oil is worthy of
III. Everyone uses gas-powered vehicles and affected by well-being of economy.
IV. I am credible because of the research I’ve completed. One key source is the president.
. Obama is collecting opinions from the public on oil drilling to revise Bush’s policy.
(LoBianco, T., 2009)
V. Today, I will be discussing:
1. the problem that exists in the U.S. concerning drilling for oil,
2. my policy for domestic oil drilling, and
3. the benefits that will result from the implementation of my policy.
(First, I will discuss the problem with oil drilling in America.)
I. The problem is many people in the U.S. oppose domestic oil drilling.
A. Many believe we should not drill domestically due to risk of oil spills.
1. Many refer to the Santa Barbara oil spill of 1969. (Murdock, D., 2008)
2. Many changes in oil drilling technology and safety over past 40 years.
(Murdock, D., 2008)
B. Many believe we should not drill, because it will harm the environment.
1. 620,500 barrels of oil ooze naturally from ocean floor each year.
(Murdock, D., 2008)
2. Animals near domestic oil drilling are not negatively affected. (Top Ten
Reasons, 2009)
(Therefore, there should not be any opposition to domestic oil drilling and President
Biden should implement my policy concerning oil drilling in America.)
II. I will now tell you how I plan to implement my policy for domestic oil drilling.
A. First, I will explain who will be involved with the implementation of my plan.
1. Scientists will find drilling spots, Independent Petroleum Association of
America will oversee pipe laying, and contractors will bid for drilling.
2. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will ensure environmentally safe
B. My oil drilling policy will require lots of money, but not as much time.
1. $0.02 tax to oil companies for every U.S. gallon of gas consumed.
(Annual Energy Outlook, 2008)
2. One year to save money, little over two years to construct. (Pipeline
Facts, 2008)
(If my policy is put into action, our country will experience many benefits.)
III. I will now take the opportunity to discuss the benefits of drilling for oil.
A. It will help stimulate the economy through the creation of jobs and money.
1. 2,210,418 jobs to be created by drilling in ANWR alone. (Fast Facts,
2. More domestic drilling will create $1.7 trillion in bonuses and
royalties. (Luquette, G., 2009)
B. It will reduce our dependency upon foreign oil.
1. It will help prevent wars. (Schweizer, P., 2008)
2. It will reduce the number of oil spills. (Jent, B., 2007)
(The implementation of my policy will, without a doubt, have some very positive effects
upon our country.)
I have now discussed with you today:
1. the problem with drilling for oil in America (too many oppose it),
2. my policy for domestic oil drilling, as well as
3. the benefits that will result from the implementation of my policy.
II. We are all affected by oil since we use gas-powered vehicles regularly and have seen
its effects on the economy.
III. Remember the $37.75 million spent on imported oil each hour in the U.S. Wouldn’t
you rather that money be spent within our own country to benefit our own economy?
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2009, from http://www.alyeska-pipe.com/pipelinefacts.html
Artic National Wildlife Refuge. (2009). Top ten reasons to support
ANWR development. Retrieved March 12, 2009 from , anwr.org Web
site: http://www.anwr.org/ANWR-Basics/Top-ten-reasons-to-support
Energy Information Administration. (2008, June). Annual Energy Outlook 2008.
Retrieved April 18, 2009, from https://www.procon.org/files/eia.outlook.pdf
Jent, B. (2007, June 28). Causes of Oil Spills. Retrieved March 12, 2009, from
ArticlesBase.com Web site: http://www.articlesbase.com/business-articles/
LoBianco, T. (2009, February 11). Obama blocks offshore drilling. The Washington
Times. Retrieved April 21, 2009, from http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/
Luquette, G. (President of Chevron North America Exploration and Production
Company) (2009, February 25). Offshore Drilling Perspectives. FDCH
Congressional Testimony, Committee on House Natural Resources.
Murdock, D. (2008, July 28). Offshore oil drilling cleaner than mother nature. Inside
Washington. Retrieved March 12, 2009, from http://web.ebscohost.com.lynx.lib.
National Defense Council Foundation. (2009). Fast Facts. Retrieved March 12, 2009,
from www.anwr.org/docs/ANWR_jobs_brief.pdf
Schweizer, P. (2008, August 13). Why drill for oil? Well, it’s a way to avoid future wars.
USA Today.

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