As reported here and many other places this morning, the Obama administration has, after lots of careful consideration, decided to listen to public opinion, science, economics and common sense and say “no” to offshore oil and gas drilling off the coast of North Carolina and other Atlantic states. This is a great victory for our state’s already endangered coastline.
Not surprisingly, however, Governor Pat McCrory is cranky about the decision. This is from a statement he issued a few minutes ago:
“President Obama’s total reversal can only be described as a special political favor to far-left activists that have no problem importing energy resources from countries hostile to the United States. What’s more troubling is the President is closing the door before he even knows what resources can be harnessed in an environmentally sound way. Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s deal could ultimately cost North Carolina thousands of new jobs and billions in needed revenue for schools, infrastructure, dredging and beach renourishment.”
A “favor to far-left activists,” huh? Uh, Governor, setting aside the absurdity of suggesting that a President in his last year of office is motivated by a desire to grant “favors” to “activists,” you might want to take note of the fact that your plan to drill right off of the North Carolina coast was opposed by more than 100 municipalities in North Carolina as well as scores of elected officials throughout the region, including loads of Republicans like Congressman Mark “Appalachian Trail” Sanford.