As I read about Nikki Haley’s support of exploration of our coastline by oil and gas companies, I wondered: Where is the outrage?

Residents of our seaside towns, working with their local governments, have clearly spoken.

Our natural beauty is one of our greatest assets, much greater than any potential money from offshore oil wells. Even Rep. Mark Sanford, who is certainly no tree hugger, has announced he is not in favor of this risky plan.

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control has completely ignored all these voices. Why does Gov. Haley allow it?

A cynic would argue that the support from Big Energy is more important to her. After all, “drill, baby, drill” works well on the national stage, and if she runs for national office, she can be assured of victory in South Carolina simply because of her political party. She really has no reason to listen to the people who elected her, except it’s the right thing to do.

I have read many letters to the editor about trees on I-26, Obama and Common Core, but not so much about this betrayal by our governor. Again, where is the outrage?

Sheila Scarbrough

Tidal View Lane

Charleston