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Trace Adkins Weighs In On Oil Spill

Trace Adkins, a former oil rig roughneck in Louisiana, weighed in on President Obama’s six-month moratorium on deep-water drilling during a recent interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “It is the most idiotic, juvenile overreaction. It’s an uninformed decision,” Trace said of Obama’s decision. “I don’t know how many tens of thousands of wells have been drilled in the Gulf of Mexico since we’ve been doing this, and how many times have you heard about this happening? I think that’s a pretty good track record. To punish American companies for something that a British company did . . . this moratorium’s not going to stop anybody else. It’s not going to stop British companies. It’s going to hurt American companies. Those are the ones that are going to be forced to stop working.”

Trying to look at the bright side of the situation, Trace did point out that the oil gush will eventually stop. “Nobody’s pointing that out, either. Wells don’t just flow in perpetuity. If they did, we wouldn’t have to drill anymore. This well will deplete. It will stop,” Trace said. “It’s tragic, but also a way of life in Louisiana is oil fields. Just shutting down an oil field is like kicking a man when he’s down. You can’t do that to the rest of the people in the state.”

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