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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Pipelines are far and away the safest way to move energy, far safer than alternative means. And the state could receive more than $2.5 billion in tax revenues from offshore leasing, per a recent analysis, in turn helping families.

Yet those who decry energy or cheer when a pipeline permit is suspended still don’t get what so many others do.

Energy production and infrastructure would bring welcome relief in household energy costs. Saving a few bucks might be of little consequence to well-heeled activists, but it would be a lifesaver for countless others, including the 15 percent of North Carolinians in poverty who regularly see a dangerously-high, double-digit percentage of their take-home pay go toward electric and gasoline costs. Sensible, balanced policies that support wind, solar, oil, natural gas and nuclear can lower these unnecessarily high expenses.

What’s more, local energy development would reduce operating costs for manufacturers, small businesses and farmers who use large amounts of energy to power tractors, combines and other equipment needed for seeding, harvesting and irrigation. Tax revenue from energy would also boost funding for schools, public safety and roads, plus aid development efforts and beautification enhancements along the coastline.

And thanks to improved techniques and technologies, and state and federal regulations that remain second to none globally, North Carolina can reap these benefits, grow its economy, safeguard its environment and protect other key industries like fishing and tourism, which, like us, lean on clean air and water to live, breathe and prosper.

Tim Page

Connely Springs

The writer is the North Carolina State Director for Consumer Energy Alliance.

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