President Barack Obama was in Charlotte Friday afternoon to primarily talk about new energy initiatives. He told a crowd of North and South Carolinians gathered at a manufacturing company that the region will be key to energy independence. He discussed offshore drilling as well as renewable and clean energy technologies.
Senator Lindsey Graham agrees, saying South Carolina can be at the center of a new energy economy. He told that to business leaders this week who met at the Statehouse.
South Carolina could be a leader in the world when it comes to energy independence. I want to drill offshore for oil and gas. There’s a lot of oil and gas off our coast, I want to drill offshore and share the revenue with South Carolina. Every barrel of oil we find here at home is one less to buy from overseas. We use more foreign oil today that we did before 9-11.
Sen. Graham said that the President’s move to open offshore drilling is a good first step. But that the White House should do more. Today, the president responded to that statement, saying,
Just remember the statistics when you start hearing this. We account for two percent of the world’s oil reserves, but we use 20 percent of the world’s oil. We can’t drill our way out the problem. That’s why we’ve got to get moving on this clean energy.
Graham says for South Carolina, clean energy includes nuclear power and the president supports introducing new plants. Graham says South Carolina is poised to take the lead in a variety of new energies.
Every GE windmill’s turbine is built in South Carolina. If you could increase the number of windmills available to clean up the air, South Carolina benefits. Biomass, we can grow switchgrass and other farm products to be turned into fuel. That way you don’t have to buy your oil from overseas, you can grow it here at home.