McCrory says he backs wind farms off NC coast

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory is telling the Obama administration that he supports plans that could one day see wind turbine towers poking out of the Atlantic Ocean miles off the North Carolina coast.

McCrory expressed his support for wind power in a letter this week to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which is gauging commercial interest in wind farms off North Carolina’s northern Outer Banks and Cape Fear. The three ocean blocks, including two off of Brunswick County, that may be leased for wind farms were selected because they’re gusty spots that don’t interfere with military operations, shipping and fishing.

McCrory has expressed his support for underground hydraulic fracturing to unleash natural gas and offshore drilling to tap gas and oil. He says he also backs wind power because he believes in an “all-of-the-above” energy plan.

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