The best example you can see in the Gulf of Mexico. Since the catastrophe last year, the oil production stopped. The unemployment raised and the people, that leave there, had to suffer, not just because of the financial problems, but also the damaged environment. This year, some private companies gained permit to drill again in the Gulf. They are not to much, just 34. According to a recent study of the IHS-CERA, if the production will turn back to the traditional rates, 230.000 new jobs wait for you by 2012 and the production will mean 1.97 million barrels a day by 2013.
However, the Gulf of Mexico is not the only critical point in the US economy. The politicians and experts should support the development of alternative energy in a way that doesn't harm or brakes the economy. Actually, the economy should be the first step they take. It has to be stabilized and relieved from the dependence of foreign energy sources. Another very important fact is the high unemployment, that also has to be fixed, before starting new, environmental friendly ways in the energy production.