Congressman Duncan spoke to the Laurens Rotary Club yesterday, championing the idea of developing energy from a wide range of sources:
"I'm for an "all the above' energy approach. That includes nuclear power, that's opening up the areas that are off limits to energy exploration now: the outer continental shelf, federal lands on shore. I believe North Dakota is kind of a microcosm of what we could have in this country: energy-driven economy, 3% unemployment rate or less and good paying jobs. I think we could have that in America, and we've got to be diligent about doing it. Even if gasoline prices come down, we need to really focus on American energy independence."
Duncan noted the nearby Savannah River Nuclear Complex as one asset for South Carolina, but also said we need to do new research into the possibility of natural gas or oil wells off the coast of South Carolina.
He gave North Dakota as an example, noting it has more jobs than people because it's developing its oil reserves, as opposed to next-door Montana where federal ownership of the land prevents oil and gas development.