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Governor's panel hosts meeting on offshore energy tonight

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- If you have an opinion on offshore energy, Gov. Bev Perdue's Scientific Advisory Panel wants to hear it. The panel is holding a public forum tonight at 5:30 at the Hilton Riverside on Water Street in Downtown Wilmington.

It's your chance to give your feedback.

Former UNCW Chancellor Jim Leutze is part of the panel because of his expertise on the impact of coastal development. He realizes drilling for oil raises concerns and believes there are other options.

"Interestingly enough, the mouth of the Cape Fear River is one of the other areas where there is enough wind power to justify the expense of putting up wind turbines," Leutze said. "It's not simple, and it's not an inexpensive way, but to my mind, it's a much more desirable way, a much more realistic way to get power."

The governor created the panel in response in part to the federal government's oil and gas leasing program off the Atlantic coast.

The panel was supposed to hold its meeting last week, but it had to be canceled because of snow across the region. Other panel meetings are planned for Manteo and Morehead City.

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Drill Baby Drill

I was astonished at the 70% on your poll that said, "Drill Baby Drill." Maybe that is because they realize that we probably will not run out of oil in our lifetime.

"It's OK folks. Just continue driving around in your SUV that has never seen mud and gets 8 miles per gallon, when you run down to the local quik mart for your six-pack."

Never mind that your gut hangs out so far that you can not see your shoes.

Just keep the country in debt to the Arab nations.

It would be too much trouble to walk down there to get your beer.

In other words, it is too much trouble to:

"Walk Baby, Walk!"