William L. Schachte, Real Admiral U.S. Navy (ret)., the volunteer chair of South Carolina Vets4Energy, says that one way we can show appreciation for our military is by advocating for policies that boost domestic energy production.
“You want to show appreciation for our military?” asked Schachte. “Thank our South Carolina governor and U.S. Senators for their support of domestic energy production, and trying to get the Atlantic included in our next 5-year plan. And urge your friends and family in other states to tell their politicians to get off the dime regarding North American energy.”
Schachte noted that SC Governor Nikki Haley is a member of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Governors Coalition, advocating for safe oil and gas production in the Atlantic OCS, located off the shores of mid-Atlantic states, including South Carolina.
He also said that both South Carolina’s U.S. Senators, Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott, support energy development in the Atlantic OCS.
“Governor Haley and Senators Graham and Scott understand that safely developing more energy here at home means having to buy less of it from regimes in unstable parts of the world,” said Schachte. “And it’s no coincidence that the men and women of our military are serving in many of those unstable areas as we speak.”
In a March 2016 interview with Palmetto Business Daily, Schachte criticized the Obama Administration decision to ban drilling in the Atlantic OCS. Previous testing found the Atlantic OCS to hold as much as 4.7 billion barrels of oil and 37 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Many experts, however, believe those numbers of conservative and that modern testing would find significantly greater reserves.
“This decision puts unwarranted fear above sound science, and politics over national security,” said Schachte.