Oil must be destroyed….
Has nothing to do with “oil independence.” This is a holy war to save the Earth from greedy capitalist. Or something.
If we explored more in the U.S., we could move the oil in pipelines, which is much a safer method of transportation. With a pipeline, you have a fixed facility at either end; if something happens to the pipeline, you can tell right away. Any spill is limited to the volume of the line.
Even spills from offshore oil platforms are usually small in volume and relatively inconsequential to the environment because they happen far from shore. A tiny fraction of the oil in the marine environment is from oil producing operations; most of it comes from natural seeps.