We are sending more and more of our young men to the Persian Gulf in order to protect our oil supplies. Is this the price we have to pay so that a few hundred thousand cozy Californians won't have to see a speck on the horizon? As for the environmental concerns, with improved efficiency and safety precautions, devastating oil spills should become a thing of the past. In fact, oil-drilling platforms will become home to hundreds of species of marine life, such as mussels, scallops, anemones, corals, sponges, fish and sea lions. The time to act is now, not in a couple of years when we are waiting in gas lines. Californians do not have the right to control the federal waters offshore.