In a Friday press release, North Carolina's Senate Republican Leader, Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) urged our Governor to follow the Virginia State Senate in supporting offshore drilling for oil and gas so that Virginia would not get ahead of NC in job creation.
In a letter he wrote to Gov. Beverly Perdue (D-Chapel Hill/Trent Woods-outside of New Bern), he urged her to:
"'take the necessary steps to ensure that North Carolina is not outpaced by Virginia when it comes to offshore oil and gas exploration and the new industry and jobs that could bring to our state."
Perdue said in pre-election debates, that she favors drilling only in "existing tracks" which are basically in the Gulf of Mexico and are far away from North Carolina and wouldn't help NC job seekers.
During the 1998 RNC National Convention, the popular call became "Drill, Baby, Drill". That has since been printed on lapel pins and bumper stickers, nationwide.
Coastal environmental groups, such as the NC Coastal Federation, strongly oppose offshore drilling.
Download the entire press release, below, in pdf along with Berger's complete letter to the North Carolina Governor.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Your blogger has a cousin who worked on offshore oil platforms in Louisiana for years. He would work for a certain amount of time on, then fly home for two weeks off, so he could rest and have time with his wife and family.
The work is hard, the hours are tough, but the pay is extremely high for a blue collar job. It allowed this man to take good care of his family, and save for a good retirement, if he wanted.