Our Best Energy Choice
Just two weeks ago, I was traveling along the North Carolina coast talking to business owners about their feelings toward offshore drilling. The response was overwhelmingly negative, and for good reason. Our state brings in more than $2.5 billion a year from travel and tourism, and recreational fishing provides 27,000 jobs in North Carolina.
But for people on the coast, it isn’t just about jobs. Coastal North Carolina is where their everyday life occurs, a way of life that could be destroyed by even just one oil spill. The tourism industry in the Gulf of Mexico is still in tatters from the Deepwater Horizon spill, and will be for many years to come.
Now our governor is changing her position on offshore drilling, as long as there are “adequate safeguards.” How do we know what is adequate when it comes to drilling for oil deep into the ocean?
The oil and gas off our coast is not worth the environmental pollution and devastation it can cause. We need to be looking at new technology in North Carolina, something that can bring industry and jobs but not harm our state. Offshore wind energy is this reality.
North Carolina could be the pioneer in wind energy, bringing thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to our state while offering clean power that doesn’t threaten our existing tourism and fishing industries.
I urge everyone to call or email the governor and let her know that wind energy, not drilling, is the best choice for North Carolina.
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