Senate Overrides Perdue's Offshore Energy Veto

The Republican-led state Senate is making clear it wants Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue to enter an agreement with other governors to lobby the federal government for offshore energy exploration, although she said the Legislature can't make her do it.

The Senate voted Wednesday to override Perdue's veto of what's called the "Energy Jobs Act," which also reworks a state energy panel to focus more upon oil and natural gas exploration. The bill would become law if the House also agrees to override by a three-fifths majority.

Perdue says a provision requiring her to enter a compact with South Carolina and Virginia's governors to develop an offshore strategy is unconstitutional.

Environmentalists oppose the bill because they say it would discourage green energy alternatives.


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  • by Wow Location: Wake Co on Jul 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM
    Isn't she elected to the governor's seat for the people by the people? Why is she still trying to make decisions on her own when the people have spoken.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    Check out the price of gas in Texas and tell me it will cause the price to drop. Big business at its finest.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:33 PM in reply to
      The more places to drill the bigger the supply. This will lower the prices country wide. Supply and Demand.
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      by I KNOW MY RIGHTS on Jul 13, 2011 at 07:36 PM in reply to
      Gas prices in Texas is no different than anywhere else. More drilling on the coast will not effect prices. Gas is a global commodity, the US does not control the prices. http://www.texasgasprices.com/Prices_Nationally.aspx.
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:49 AM in reply to
      Supply and demand control prices. Demand is low but supply is low to. If you understand the hedge fund guys you know that means they can run the price up, however, you don't and you refuse to learn about it. Appears the liberal media is all the koolaid you need. Thanks, but no thanks, give me the facts and truth. You can keep you hope and change.
  • by BP Shareholder on Jul 13, 2011 at 04:54 PM
    Whats wrong with you Govenor Perdue?Just like EXXON Valdize,and those nice folks in Louisiana found out,we can be trusted to clean up any minor incidental spills we may create.The fishing industry is going to Hell anyway and the beaches are all being closed for a couple of birds and turtles.We'll take good care of y'all.Trust us!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:52 PM
    Governor Bev is just toeing the party line as usual and NOT doing what is in the best interest of the people. When will the party politics end and the interest of the people begin? Obstructionism at it's finest!!
  • by gashog Location: full'erup on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    Drilling oil off the east coast will make prices go down as the oil will now be closer to the refineries. One or two oil leaks in how many years drilling? the biggest leaks have been cause by poor government inspections and bad SEA Captains or ground movement on undergrond pipes that should have been checked over the years
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      by Formerly O.L.I. on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM in reply to gashog
      Do you like seafood? Do you like to vacation at the coast? Do you live near the sounds or coastline? If you say 'no' to all these, then guess drilling would be an option for you. For those of us who answer 'yes' to these questions, drilling off the shore of N.C. is pretty much a 'no'.
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        by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:55 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
        I can say yes to all your questions and still want the drilling. But it gashog, there are no refineries here, its still gonna have to be trucked or sent by pipeline to the gulf coast where we have refineries.
  • by B Location: Gville on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:35 PM
    I thought natural gas was a green alternative. The senate can't get anything done cause they have to revote on the same stuff a second time thanks to ol' Bev and her little VETO stamp. 537 days till the next election day. the countdown has started.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    Just an example of natural gas users. I use it in my familys cars. Yep, propane, cheaper than gas, cleaner than gasoline and less maintenance. Yet that is not an option to use our own gas off our shores. I am not against wind and solar as some think, I just don't see it as a shove in place and make people pay the price of this much more costly fuel. When the EPA shuts down coal burning power plants in 27 states, 60% of our power, expect brown outs. Why? Government reacts off politics, not practical science from utility companies. The EPA is doing this under Obamas Orders. So when you 300 dollar utility bill goes to 1200 dollars what will you do? This is where we are headed if wind is to take coal. I have asked this question many times without a good answer; why isn't utility COOPs not started buying and installing them? There is an incentive by the government...why? If you complain about your electric rates now...it will be murder when you get these new rates and they know it. Google and learn, we should drill for oil and gas until the price of wind and solar is brought down.
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      by tired of your rhethoric on Jul 13, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
      You have been discredited over and over again on the subject, but you still refuse to accept FACTS. Several posters on this site have given you specific utility rates (who actually purchase wind power from their utility company) without any major increase in their utility bills. Lift that Tinfoil Hat from under your ears and eyes, maybe you will learn something.
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        by Puh-Leez on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:25 PM in reply to tired of your rhethoric
        Actually, OSOC has schooled you guys over and over with the facts. The president has said "with my plan,electricity rates would necessarily sky rocket". His words , not mine or OSOC's words.
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          by Larry on Jul 13, 2011 at 07:32 PM in reply to Puh-Leez
          No he has not, as TOYR@7:43 stated, several posters who actually are customers to wind power from their utility company said the price increase will minimal. THESE WERE ACTUAL CUSTOMERS, not someone giving an opinion.
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          by Puh-Leez on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:15 AM in reply to Puh-Leez
          @Larry...Believe what you wish, still you should consider your President's words, as he is referring to the future and his vision of how energy production will be.
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          by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:47 AM in reply to Puh-Leez
          Larry, less than 1% of the nations energy comes from wind and solar. Coal is 60 %. Do you not understand what that means? Do you not know how to use google and search for yourself? I don't care what someone says they heard from a friend of a friend, I am tied to the facts and the truth. Oil, Coal and Natural gas make electricity. The rest are just small potatoes and just add a smigen to the grid. You read my post, consider the story on nuclear power plants shutting down as well. Ask yourself "how much is this going to cost" before you post. Puh-Leez posts the truth and yet you do not hear....
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    If the US was able to supply a significant amount of our own oil it could end our dependance in OPEC nations. We currently get the majority of our oil from non-OPEC nations. So it is incorrect to say it would not impact the price. There was 30 million barrels released from the Strategic reserve (60 million worldwide) and oil prices dropped nearly 50 cents. And before the environment wacko broken records say "it will destroy our coast" they need to look at Panama City, Naples, Clearwater, Key West and the hundreds of other beaches in Florida surrounded by oil rigs that are doing very well.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 06:04 PM in reply to Dave
      Even if we drill, from 1975 to 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received only one permit request for a new refinery. With out the refineries to refine what we get the cost will still be there. The EPA has made it to hard to obtain the needed permits for the oil companies to build the refineries.
  • by Harry Location: Goldsboro on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:07 PM
    Drill, Drill, Drill! Everyone predicts permament, catastrophic damage and dang if Mother Nature sure does not recover. Enough of the Whacko Greenies screwing up life for everyone with bizzare theories of Global Cooling, Global Warming, Ozone Holes and anything else that is anti-technology. If they want to eat tree bark with Euell Gibbons then go find a forest and chomp along with the rest of the beavers and leave normal people alone.
  • by Tim Location: Kitty Hawk on Jul 13, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Even if the largest supply of oil ever discovered was found off the east coast it wouldn't lower the price you pay for gas at the pump.
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      by anon on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:30 PM in reply to Tim
      really?? check out the facts at oil drill .com why do you think Iran and Libya pay about 25 cents a gallon?? hello
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      by Obama Snake Oil Co on Jul 13, 2011 at 01:00 PM in reply to Tim
      Wrong, just mere mention will drop it down a dollar. Those nasty mean old rich speculators, like George Soros, will stop buying oil at inflated prices since he might get stuck with it. Go check out the timeline for when Bush said we would be drilling in Anwar and look what happened....$1.68 a gallon. This after the Dem controlled government announced they would not allow it. Google it!
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        by to osoc on Jul 13, 2011 at 07:43 PM in reply to Obama Snake Oil Co
        Lets see...Bush put on his Harry Potter hat and waved his wand.....POOF!gas prices dropped from $5.00 per gal to less than $2.00. Ummmm question...If it was that simple, why didn't he do so during his 7 years and 7 months in office before the drop? Remember GM, Chrysler, going under because no one was buying trucks and SUV's, Airlines could not afford fuel, Dealerships closing all ove America...why wait to wave the Harry Potter wand?????Bush had control of the fuel prices simply by saying I want to drill??
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