Conversations should be held on the need for energy development
One-sided activists say the federal agency which recently approved five companies to move forward with the application for seismic air testing in federal waters dozens of miles offshore isn’t listening to the communities most affected. I disagree.
North Carolinians, on average, spend more than $3,000 annually. For a low-income person living in poverty, that translates to 25 percent of their income.
That’s a staggering amount to keep the lights on, the house warm and the gas tank full, especially for the estimated 15 percent of state residents in poverty. For them, these unnecessarily high costs eat up a dangerously larger percentage of their take-home pay than those in other income brackets — up to about a quarter, in fact.
These are the families that federal agencies are listening to.
A more productive conversation would be to talk about how offshore energy — wind, oil and natural gas included — would help reduce these costs, create jobs, increase economic opportunities and lower tax burdens while funding municipal services like education, emergency personnel and road repairs.
We can’t develop our offshore wind potential without conducting seismic examinations.
Unfortunately, some anti-energy activists are trying to stifle rational discussion about these important issues and how we can develop our energy under an array of regulations and assortment of technologies that’s second to none globally.
That’s not doing anyone — particularly low-income, cash-strapped families — any good.