"A hurricane builds energy as it moves across the ocean, sucking up warm, moist tropical air from the surface and dispensing cooler air aloft. Think of this as the storm breathing in and out. The hurricane escalates until this "breathing" is disrupted, like when the storm makes landfall. At this point, the storm quickly loses its momentum and power, but not without unleashing wind speeds as high as 185 mph (300 kph) on coastal areas."
~ How Stuff Works
Now imagine a hurricane that sucks up all that oil in the Gulf, throws it aloft and then slams into the coast, covering everything in goo... No one will be singing in the rain, that's for sure.
As long as we're going to use oil, we should be drilling onshore rather than offshore. If this disaster had happened on land, I think it'd have been less damaging and easier to contain. Oil and natural gas production is found on less than one percent of the 262 million acres controlled by the BLM. The more people protest domestic onshore drilling, the more oil production will be pushed to extreme places where the risks are higher and the consequences more dire. Part of environmental responsibility is weighing our options and choosing the one that does the least damage in the event of a catastrophe.
Energy Development on Public Lands