'Hands Across The Sand' Protest Held In Carteret County

While some may say, “Drill baby drill,” others say, “Windmills, not oil spills.”

Many people gathered at Fort Macon State Park for a peaceful protest against offshore drilling off the North Carolina coast.

It was one of many protests that took place Saturday across the county called 'Hands Across the Sand.'

The protestors say they want the government to focus on clean renewable resources like wind and solar energy instead of drilling for oil.

Robert Sculls says, "If we had offshore drilling I’m sure there would eventually be some problems, you really don’t need it, there are other forms of energy that are renewable, there’s also solar."

Eva Jones says, "We focus a lot on short term solutions instead of looking toward the future and we definitely have so much potential for renewable energy and we should definitely invest in that."


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  • by Bob Location: Craven County on Jun 27, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    Denmark and Germany both have a lower national debt than we do in part because they are both promoting green energy and conservation. The city of Bremerhaven in Germany is an excellent example of a rustbelt city that has been transformed into a prosperous center of offshore wind production because it has led the world in large scale manufacturing in this new industry. Google Bremerhaven and offshore wind and you may begin to see what is possible. The United Kingdom is trying to catch up and plans to soon have its own major manufacturing facilities for offshore wind. Despite the economic problems in Greece and Ireland, the euro is still much stronger than the dollar. The United States needs to develop new infrastructure or it is just going to fall further behind. Due to low costs of labor, China and Brazil are growing much faster than Europe, but both of these countries are also promoting renewable technologies. Meanwhile too many Americans use up their energy exchanging silly insults.
  • by Bob Location: Craven County on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    If we continue to drill everywhere as fast as we can until all the oil and natural gas is gone, what will be do next? It is wise to leave some fossil fuels in reserve and if we are ever to drill in coastal waters it should be as a last resort. Obviously, we have to develop alternatives before its too late. Due to the expansion of world demand, which will continue to drive up prices, by the time these alternatives are fully developed in our country they will be cost competitive, but if we don't start to develop them now before its too late, then we really are putting our heads in the sand. Offshore wind has a 20 year track record in the North Sea. Offshore wind is not the only solution, but it will have to be part of the mix if we want our grandchildren to have a decent future.
  • by Gus on Jun 27, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    If offshore wind, solar and other forms of alternative energy are not yet reliable or affordable as some Comments say, why are they being used all over Europe and Asia?
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      by OSOC on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:37 PM in reply to Gus
      Tell us what countries that went green are not heavily in debt and still using oil and coal. There are a lot of good salesman out there, there is also now a lot of poor countries. Google it please.
  • by Steven on Jun 26, 2011 at 06:40 PM
    How dare you question my integrity. I served in the Army for eight years, two tours in Iraq. FYI, I went through training in 2004, well before the oil spill. That means that oil leaked out of the local oil wells, despite what you may think of safety. This isn't an idealogical issue, it's about keeping our beaches clean and our coastal economy intact.
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      by Col. Colt on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:02 AM in reply to Steven
      Most tar balls on the beach come from ship bilges, very few are from oil leaking from wells and the ground.
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      by Homer Simpson on Jun 27, 2011 at 10:06 AM in reply to Steven
      I didn't see him questioning your integrity, I read him questioning your motive.
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      by Obama Snake Oil co on Jun 27, 2011 at 04:43 PM in reply to Steven
      Well then, you didn't question the truth and the facts. Facts are when I went, I checked to see if the BP spill trashed the beaches. Answer, no. So when there, I saw nothing you mentioned in your post. But I do know something about NC beaches, we are the graveyard of the Atlantic. We have more ships out there with diesel fuel rotting away so we see them from time to time. I just cannot find this factual for Texas. No one knew what you were talking about. I checked out USCG reports and found nothing. Post a link to back up your report. Oh, thanks for serving....
  • by Tom Location: ENC on Jun 26, 2011 at 03:50 PM
    Maybe they can plug that electic car into a wind mill or a solar panel,or a socket that is powered with good ole coal.Maybe we need to burn some more of our CORN.Food is so cheap now.Wake up America and drill in our own dirt and sand.I love to eat and drive and I love America and our service women and men!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    "Tree Hugger" - Before you post next time, remember the saying: "It is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt!"
  • by reality Location: NC coast on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    When things get tight enough, there will be drilling offshore- it's going to happen. Wish it were not so but the technology and money is not available to avoid it.
  • by worker bee Location: reality, nc on Jun 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM
    More aptly named the " Head in the Sand " protest. When these tree hugging greeny weenies create a society with no "green house gases" and cars that emit daisies I would love to live there. TRUTH society and man is where he is because of Fossil fuel. Should we explore and develop alternatives yes, is it going to happen over nite, no. What a crock......open your eyes people and get your head out of the .....
  • by m on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:16 AM
    This about says it all; "The protestors say they want the government...." I'll bet is you look closely at these Sierra Club protestors they are driving what everyone else is driving, cooling their houses with CPL GUC power. Come On Man Get a life....
  • by Oil Man Location: Washington on Jun 26, 2011 at 09:05 AM
    I am sure these tree huggers drove their cars to the beach for the protest. I guess that it is OK for them to keep paying #3.50 a gallon for gasoline. I guess these protestors want to keep America held hostage by the Middle East and South American oil cartels. I say we should drill for oil and gas every where we have it in this country. Then, the Arabs and the Venezuelans will have to drink their own oil, since they cannot sell it to America. So, my plan is to drill baby drill and the OPEC can drink their oil.
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      by m on Jun 26, 2011 at 12:27 PM in reply to Oil Man
      Our only problem is the Sierra clubs of America and tree huggers are more organized than we are. Agree with Drill and drill often.
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