HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - On Tuesday, sounding much like a national candidate for office, Governor Haley Barbour announced that a solar panel manufacturing company would be locating a facility in Hattiesburg.
During the Governor's comments before a packed crowd at the Lake Terrace Convention Center, he also addressed national energy policy and what he views as poor moves by the Obama administration.
Barbour said the nation's high gas prices were related to the federal government's long term ban on new offshore drilling in parts of the country following the oil spill last spring.
The Governor argued for an American energy strategy that requires more production from this country.
According to Haley Barbour, "We have always had as an advantage in the United States that we had abundant, affordable, reliable energy. And this administration is moving away from that. Their view is to drive up the cost of energy so people will use less of it."
Barbour said that perspective is due to environmental concerns. The Governor hasn't announced any specific plans to run for higher office.