How South Carolina can benefit from offshore oil exploration

South Carolinians depend on accessible, affordable energy to fuel our lives.

The decisions we make about our energy resources today lay the foundation for what kind of state we will call home tomorrow.

That is the focus of Explore Offshore SC, a new coalition of community organizations, businesses and local leaders who support access to U.S. offshore resources. I am proud to lead this group and work with other South Carolinians to secure more reliable domestic energy through safe, responsible offshore exploration.

Offshore represents a vast, untapped source of potential energy for meeting our growing energy needs. Unfortunately, 94 percent of America’s offshore acreage is currently off limits to development or even new study.

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