Still want to “drill baby, drill”?

Some recent polls seem to indicate that North Carolinians want to forge ahead with drilling for oil off of our still largely pristine coast. Wonder if that will still be the case much longer given the ongoing ecological catastrophe unfolding before our eyes in the Gulf of Mexico. This is from a news report this morning:

BILOXI, Miss. – As efforts to close a well spewing oil in the Gulf of Mexico continued to fail late Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard considered lighting the mess on fire as early as Wednesday. Crews have been unable to stop thousands of barrels of oil from fouling gulf waters since an April 20 explosion sank the Deepwater Horizon, which was drilling 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead, and the cause of the blast has not been determined.”

Also makes you wonder whether Pat McCrory wants to rethink his position on the issue and his wacky and inaccurate claim during the ’08 campaign that no oil spilled as a result of Hurricane Katrina.


  1. Alex

    April 28, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I doubt we have to worry about drilling of the coast for one reason the U.S. Navy will not allow it. They do not want to have to maneuver their ships through oil rigs it is too risky. It would slow them down if they had to deploy quickly. It is hard enough for Coast Guard Cutters to maneuver, an aircraft carrier would be a nightmare among oil rigs. The politicians know this. This is all political posturing nothing more.

  2. Rob Schofield

    April 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Hope you’re right.

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