Henry McMaster on Energy & Oil



South Carolina moving with auto industry towards electric

As you will notice, the automotive industry continues moving towards electric vehicles, and South Carolina is moving along with it. Last year I issued an executive order prioritizing the recruitment of these manufacturers to ensure that our state will continue to be seen as the ideal place for manufacturers and suppliers to do business. South Carolina will continue to adapt as the industry innovates and grows.
Source: 2023 State of the State Address to the S.C. legislature , Jan 25, 2023

AdWatch: Ban offshore drilling for oil and gas

Gov. Henry McMaster is trying to make his political rival eat his own words by reminding voters of the time Democrat Joe Cunningham praised the Republican for his leadership on the issue of offshore drilling. A new 30-second TV ad called "Thank You" leaves out that McMaster also praised Cunningham that day when the governor thanked Cunningham for his work in Congress on a bill to ban the search for oil and gas off the nation's coasts.

Footage from a Sept. 13, 2019 press conference at Bowens Island Restaurant comes into focus, with Cunningham at the center and McMaster standing alongside him. Then, Cunningham turns back to look at him. "Governor McMaster, I want to thank you for being a leader on this issue from the get go," Cunningham says as yellow text appears on-screen and quotes the portion about McMaster being a leader.

Source: Charleston Post-Courier on 2022 South Carolina Governor race , Oct 7, 2022

Signed SC Energy Freedom Act promoting solar power

H3659: SC Energy Freedom Act

EnergyNews.US in favor: The recently passed Energy Freedom Act supports a more resilient, clean energy future for South Carolina by supporting solar PV and battery storage technologies. The act promotes more economical systems for utility customers and requires utilities to explore the investments in solar-plus-storage generation assets.

A.C.U. in opposition: This bill contains a key provision that drives up electricity costs by expanding a program known as "net metering" which subsidizes solar producers. Under the program, utility companies are forced to purchase excess electricity from solar energy producers at above-market rates and infrastructure and delivery costs are transferred to other ratepayers.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 40-0-0, Roll Call #400 on May/8/19; Passed House 103-0-20, Roll Call #669 on May/9/19; Signed by Governor Henry McMaster on May/16/19

Source: EnergyNews & A.C.U. on South Carolina voting record H3659 , May 16, 2019

Oppose offshore drilling & onshore infrastructure

Every municipality along our coast has voted to oppose drilling. With offshore drilling comes the construction of onshore infrastructure--refineries, gas storage tanks, maintenance and operating facilities, trucks and traffic. We have no place to put it. It is incompatible with everything we have and do on our coast.

Oil spills, like hurricanes, can disrupt and damage a state's economy. We cannot stop hurricanes, but we can avoid oil spills. We cannot take a chance.

Source: 2018 State of the State speech to South Carolina legislature , Jan 24, 2018

Fight to keep Yucca Mountain open

2010: Led the fight for Yucca Mountain: Fought to keep President Obama and U.S. Sen. Harry Reid from shutting down the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage Facility potentially returning $1.2 billion that was collected from South Carolina citizens to build the facility.
Source: 2010 S.C. Gubernatorial campaign website HenryMcMaster.com , Jan 11, 2017

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