State of North Carolina Archives: on Energy & Oil


Pat McCrory: Develop offshore resources, plus natural gas exploration

Pat McCrory believes North Carolina can create much-needed jobs that will help fuel North Carolina's economic recovery by safely and aggressively pursuing an "all-of-the-above" energy plan. Biofuels, clean coal, natural gas, solar, wind and nuclear energy are vital components to a prosperous energy future in North Carolina. We must harness all of these resources in a safe, reliable and cost effective way.

As governor, Pat McCrory will establish a partnership with neighboring states to develop offshore resources and recruit companies to bring a much-needed infusion of energy, jobs and investment to the state. Under a McCrory administration, North Carolina will establish the regulatory framework for natural gas exploration and signal to outside companies that North Carolina is getting into the energy business.

Source: N.C. Governor 2012 campaign website, patmccrory.com Nov 6, 2012

Elaine Marshall: Big Oil polluted the Gulf, & polluted the politics around it

Marshall described Burr as beholden to special interests. Marshall, who repeatedly described herself as "a strong independent voice," called him one of the top recipients of "big-oil dollars." Marshall said, "Big oil has not only polluted the gulf, it's polluted the politics around it."

Burr has received $78,200 this election from political action committees representing oil and gas companies, according to the Center for Responsible Politics. Ten senators have received more.

Source: Charlotte Observer coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 27, 2010

Elaine Marshall: Opposes drilling off coast due to disastrous risks

The candidates had differences on offshore oil drilling. Marshall said lawmakers like Burr had allowed deepwater drilling despite the "disastrous" risks that are now apparent. The well gushing into the Gulf is a deepwater well. Marshall said she opposes drilling off North Carolina's coast.

Burr said oil companies had been forced to go into the riskier territory because they were "chased" away from land drilling and shallow water drilling. He said officials need to ensure that deepwater drilling is saf before quickly allowing it to continue. President Obama's administration had imposed a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but a federal judge struck it down. The government is appealing that decision.

But ending such drilling entirely, Burr said, would lead to economic disaster."You'll have no economic growth," he said. "You'll have no job expansion. You'll have a contraction like you've never dreamed of."

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

Richard Burr: Ending offshore drilling leads to economic disaster

The candidates had differences on offshore oil drilling. Marshall said lawmakers like Burr had allowed deepwater drilling despite the "disastrous" risks that are now apparent. The well gushing into the Gulf is a deepwater well. Marshall said she opposes drilling off North Carolina's coast.

Burr said oil companies had been forced to go into the riskier territory because they were "chased" away from land drilling and shallow water drilling. He said officials need to ensure that deepwater drilling is saf before quickly allowing it to continue. President Obama's administration had imposed a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but a federal judge struck it down. The government is appealing that decision.

But ending such drilling entirely, Burr said, would lead to economic disaster."You'll have no economic growth," he said. "You'll have no job expansion. You'll have a contraction like you've never dreamed of."

Source: Sun-News coverage of 2010 N.C. Senate debate Jun 26, 2010

Kay Hagan: Opposed offshore drilling until August compromise

[In this Dole ad, called ďKa-ChingĒ,] Haganís stand on drilling is linked to her ownership of oil wells.

Quote: ďKay is against offshore drilling.Ē

Facts: Earlier in the campaign, Hagan opposed lifting a federal moratorium on drilling for oil and natural gas off the U.S. coastline. In early August, she reversed herself, saying she supports a bipartisan compromise that would allow states to decide on offshore drilling, promote alternative energy and repeal oil company tax credits. Dole, who had previously supported the moratorium as well, reversed herself in June.

Note: The ad portrays Hagan as part of ďBig OilĒ because she and her husband own oil and gas wells valued somewhere between $90,000 and $300,000. Thatís a pretty far cry from the billions a company such as ExxonMobil has in assets.

Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate: ad analysis, Raleigh News&Observer Sep 17, 2008

Elizabeth Dole: Release 1/3 of the nationís strategic petroleum reserve

Hagan twice linked Dole to tax breaks for big oil companies that have given back nothing but $4-a-gallon gas. Dole didnít convincingly evade the charge but offered a good retort that Hagan had suggested nothing that would reduce gas prices. The Republican then proposed releasing one-third of the nationís strategic petroleum reserve. The current inventory is just over 700 million barrels.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record Jun 25, 2008

Kay Hagan: No tax breaks for big oil companies that give us $4 gas

Hagan twice linked Dole to tax breaks for big oil companies that have given back nothing but $4-a-gallon gas. Dole didnít convincingly evade the charge but offered a good retort that Hagan had suggested nothing that would reduce gas prices. The Republican then proposed releasing one-third of the nationís strategic petroleum reserve. The current inventory is just over 700 million barrels.
Source: 2008 N.C. Senate Debate reported in Greensboro News-Record Jun 25, 2008

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