Governor, state House leaders meet with Zinke

source: N.C. General Assembly, office of House Speaker Tim Moore

RALEIGH — Over the weekend, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke was in Raleigh to meet with Governor Roy Cooper, and separately with N.C. Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and members of his House leadership in a roundtable discussion on Saturday. The policymakers talked about the impact of energy development on the economy, agriculture and national security within the state and the nation.

“We expressed to Secretary Zinke that the North Carolina House will maintain a collaborative approach to our state’s energy policy,” Moore said, “and are confident from today’s discussion that we can continue working with his department to positively affect our citizens’ lives.”

The group also talked about last year’s Competitive Energy Solutions, passed by the General Assembly that implements a competitive bidding process for solar developers.

Cooper said he expressed his repeated opposition to energy exploration off N.C.’s coast in his meeting with Zinke and that he appreciated the interior secretary’s visit.