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SELC: McCrory critique of offshore drilling decision a “red herring”, lacks merit (Audio)

Reaction continues to pour in regarding the Obama administration’s decision not to purse a controversial drilling plan for the Atlantic Ocean.

Governor Pat McCrory, who Chairs the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, said the President’s reversal will cost the state thousands of new jobs and make the U.S. more dependent on foreign oil supplies.

But Sierra Weaver, senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), says that’s simply not the case.

“That’s something the federal government addressed yesterday.  They said cancelling this lease sale on the East Coast of the United states would be a reduction of oil supply of less than .1%,” explained Weaver.

“So this notion that somehow we’re relying on offshore oil off North Carolina for energy independence is simply not true. I think that’s a total red herring. It’s really not an issue.”

Weaver joins us this weekend on News & Views with Chris Fitzsimon to discuss how the decision to block drilling in the Atlantic benefits North Carolina’s thriving coastal economy.

For a preview of that radio interview, click below:

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