Last week President Obama announced plans to open areas along the Atlantic coast, the Gulf of Mexico and the north coast of Alaska to offshore drilling for oil and natural gas. The administration says this step is part of a comprehensive energy plan that will help reduce our dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, and raise revenue. Others think it is a political calculation aimed at winning Republican votes for Obama’s climate bill. This hour we discuss the politics behind the decision and look at the risks and possibilities of offshore drilling. Our guests are energy reporter for The Hill, Ben Geman and Boston University professor of geography and environment, Robert Kaufmann.