Sen. Dole: Drilling Should Be An Option In N.C.

Sen. Elizabeth Dole says North Carolina should have the option of allowing offshore oil exploration.

Dole said in a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday that she supports lifting a moratorium that has prohibited exploration off the Atlantic coast. The Republican senator had long supported the moratorium, saying it was necessary to protect tourism and marine habitat.

But as gas prices have passed $4 a gallon, Dole has increasingly softened her stance on offshore exploration. She said at a forum last week that she still opposed the idea but would give it consideration if a measure came across her desk.

Dole said the option should be available to states so long as the exploration is safe, clean and not visible from the land.

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  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Jul 7, 2008 at 01:17 PM
    Hey Ratface, I have done research on this. Demand is driving the prices up. This is because Asia has now tapped into the demand part. The dark market is speculators and you are right on that, however, we do not control people in England and Japan who buy and sell oil. Our only choice is drill here and add supply to the US. We buy most of our oil from Canada, not the middle east. This is because they drill in their country and have oil wells near Anwar in Alaska. We don't. So they drill for it and sell it to us right in our backyard. So, why don't we just drill for oil in the US and supply what we need in our own country like Canada.....US environmentalist have taken it too far here. They are the why this problem is here. Republicans do not hold the house or senate, where you got them from is the hate Bush dems. Watch ABC, NBC and CBS, a waste of time.
  • by ratface Location: washington on Jun 30, 2008 at 07:24 AM
    Steve: Drilling off our shores is not going to lower gas prices. Watch C-Span and you will see that we are paying high prices for PAPER OIL BARRELS by the "dark market" which our Government could fix overnight, but REPUBLICANS resist..they could cut the price in half overnight..Call your Senators & Congressment and insist on Regulating these traders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by Rusty Location: Washington on Jun 26, 2008 at 01:06 PM
    Nigel and Local Location did you know how many oil rigs broke loose in the gulf during Katria? Get educated and stop staying with a environmental alarmist approach, 20. No oil found after the hurricane. Technology is better now than ever to do this. At what point will you allow this to happen here? When bread cost $7, gas is $9? The problem is now and we should have planned for this during the Carter years. Oh thats right, he started the moratorium against drilling anywhere in the US. See what a democratic House, Senate and President actually costs? John you are right. As soon as the drill rigs get in place I think you will see a price reduction. Long term says ethanol, short term is save the economic status of the country. I am glad you have money Nigel but most of us feel the pain at the pump because we have to drive to work. I drive a Nissan with good gas mileage but I feel it. Dole is right as she is looking after all not just the interrest of a few like some of us...
  • by John Location: washington on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:36 AM
    Local Location and Nigel, Cough,cough gag,gag.50 years ago they would have raped our coast and alaska.Now to many eye's are on them.Yes we should look at other sources for energy (Nuclear)but right now we have to act to help ease the problem we are in.Off shore rigs for one would help the tourism and economy of the coast.Just look where everyone heads to fish in the gulf.Two, China and Cuba are drilling only about 50 miles off the coast of Florida anyway.If a storm would topal the rig safety check valves would seal the well.Besides,we probably wouldn't have to actually drill.Remember SDI? If the Mid east and all foreign oil co.'s thought we were going to become self sufficient you would see the price drop anyway.
  • by A Local Location: Down-East on Jun 26, 2008 at 09:57 AM
    I'm very grateful, Dole was the initiator of efforts that gained FEMA fire assistance, for the Hyde Fire. She was persistent, when FEMA initially refused, and she asked the President to overturn their decision. Her efforts to protect eastern NC caught my attention. She redeemed herself, in my eyes. I had vowed to remember her dragging her heels, to stop the OLF in Washington County, come reelection time. She did get on board against it eventually, but she certainly took her time, and as a resident of coastal/eastern NC, I won't forget that. It was a huge fight for us in eastern NC. We could have used her help, a LOT sooner. Now, I read that she might flip-flop her position & support offshore drilling off NC's coast. GRRR. I hope those of you who are in favor of having our NC leaders, protect our gorgeous coast, will remember what Dole is all about, come election time. Send her a message that down-east DOES matter & OBX/IBX doesn't support drilling. Never has/never will!
  • by Nigel on Jun 26, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    oil is dirty and the ocean is a senstive organism, people should drive less and we should not expend the environment for our unwilling acceptance of change and go ahead and be the awesome species we claim to be and evolve into something that works better!!! we need to get away from our dirty industries if we want to have a good place for our kids to live
  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Jun 26, 2008 at 05:37 AM
    Yes I think each state should have the right to drill for oil . Gas right now going threw the roof. What other choice do we have .We need to get away from foreign oil dependence. Who want to pay $4 for gas and maybe higher.I know I do not and rest of everybody else do not want to also .

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