Governor Roy Cooper has announced his strong opposition to offshore drilling and seismic blasting along North Carolina’s coast.
“Our coast is part of our identity,” he said, speaking to the press at Fort Macon State Park near Atlantic Beach
Penny Hooper, NCIPL Leadership Council Chair, was in the room for the Governor’s press conference. She was among representatives of faith communities, businesses, fishing families, beachgoers, and conservationists that have all joined together to protect our coast from drilling operations even as some political leaders push to let oil companies drill along the Atlantic coast. This is a big step in the effort to protect our coast, and it shows that Governor Cooper has been listening to our coastal communities and to you.
It means a lot when we show appreciation to our elected leaders for doing the right thing. Please take one minute to thank Governor Cooper by calling him at 919-814-2050.
You can let the Governor know you support the unanimously approved NC Council of Churches Governing Board Policy Statement opposing offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting. Please also let him know that NC Interfaith Power & Light will continue our education and outreach campaigns for congregations across the state to promote clean, renewable energy, and hope-filled climate action responses.
This announcement is not just good news for our coast but for the entire state of North Carolina. The Governor’s decision defends our beaches and unique coastal economy. While this is cause for celebration, we can’t forget that President Trump’s administration will likely come out strongly against this decision. That’s why I’m glad we’re in this together.
I hope you’ll join us in thanking Governor Cooper.