Yes, I think it would be a great idea. If we assigned a monetary value to a unique and productive ecosystem like the Gulf of Mexico, than it would far exceed anyshort-term oil and gas supplies. If it were a park, it would be easier to control fishing and other usage and would allow the area to be seen and used for recreation for generations to come. Some ocean areas, like the Great Barrier Reef, are just too precious of a resource to sqander and making all or some of the Gulf of Mexico a park or presreve would help the world to recognize its importance.
I think it would be one of the greatest starting points of a new era of conservation, especially after the great oil spill, the animals were probably completely tramatized by all the events. That way, if it were made into a reserve, all the animals hopefully would not have to worry about all the polution and harm other people could do to them.
The gulf region and Mississippi delta should be preserved. Whether it is through public actions or private initiative does not matter as long as the end result is preservation.
The trade-off, of course, is that if the entire Gulf of Mexico (US sector) had oil and gas exploration and production eliminated, the US would have to figure out some other source for nearly a third of its domestic oil production. There are no alternatives domestically that have the levels of production and projected discovery that the Gulf of Mexico has, and there are also no sources of additional imports to equate to 2 million barrels per day. So US drivers (all of them, no exceptions) would have to not drive a minimum of one day per week.
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