Waldo Jaquith has a good piece illustrating the risks that Virginia is undertaking by pursuing off-shore oil drilling. Like me, I don’t think he’s anti-drilling in general. It’s just that it doesn’t make any sense for Virginia when you compare the risks – oil spills, threat to tourism, etc. – against the relatively small benefits of the oil royalties (which aren’t even assured, remember). Virginia’s off-shore drilling is primarily a political slogan, and not a choice born of a policy-driven debate. That should be remembered in the face of the risk of the very real costs it could impose.