Refute an argument in favor of opening North Carolina’s coast to drilling. The oil and gas industry claims that Atlantic drilling will create thousands of jobs. However, more than 50,000 jobs, in North Carolina alone, already exist on our coast and would be threatened if drilling activities occur. Also, these projections are rooted in a study of best-case scenarios that counter studies have debunked. Oil prices would need to be at record highs as would demand. Oil prices have been at historic lows for some time, and the United States is flush with oil reserves, so demand for additional oil domestically is minimal.

Tell how you will be personally impacted if the federal government allows oil companies to drill off our coast. You are a North Carolinian or have a connection to the coast. No matter what your reason, incorporate your story as part of your comment. It could affect your heart, livelihood, wallet, property, career, family — it helps to put a human impact to what can often be seen as more callous.

If you have access to data, use it. Here’s a little data we put together: 

Economic impacts

  • North Carolina’s economy relies on a healthy coast. The fishing, tourism, and recreation industries support roughly 51,000 jobs and generate more nearly $2.2 billion in GDP for North Carolina. We shouldn’t prioritize oil company profits over coastal businesses.
  • Offshore drilling would threaten our identity as North Carolinians – our coastal environment, economy, and quality of life.
  • Tourism and fishing – both commercial and recreational – are the economic backbone of coastal communities. Imagine the impact on beachside hotels and restaurants, fishing outfitters, and realtors if our beautiful coastal communities were turned over to big oil.
  • The oil and gas industry’s economic projections are based on faulty assumptions that overestimate jobs and income, while discounting the existing tourism- and recreation-based economies.

Environmental risks

  • North Carolina’s coast is home to a number of endangered and threatened species including the loggerhead sea turtle and North Atlantic right whale.
  • The National Wildlife Refuges, National Seashores, state protected areas, and ecologically sensitive marine areas along North Carolina’s coast are too precious to risk.
  • Instead of spending our resources developing dirty energy sources, North Carolina should instead develop clean, renewable energy sources. North Carolina has more wind energy potential than any other state on the Atlantic Coast.

We’ve got a host of fact sheets available here for you to use to make your case!

Highlight any credentials, if applicable. If you have relevant professional or personal experience to this issue, name it: work in real estate? Fish? Attorney? Own a business? Researcher? Scientist? Work in hospitality? You get the picture.