Apparently, Bev Perdue would like to give Hugo Chavez-type powers to the governor during times of ‘crisis.’ According to Under the Dome, Perdue says:
"The governor needs the power to be able to respond," Perdue said in a telephone interview. "The governor would have been able to work with other governors in other states who might not be having the challenge or work with distributors…to make sure trucks could be moved from one place to another."
I hope the electorate is clever enough to see that gouging laws and other 70s-style energy policies have been partially responsible for the problems we’re seeing with N.C. gas stations running out (which doesn’t happen when prices accurately reflect scarcity). But more to the point: how the heck does Beverly Perdue think she or any governor can do better than a distributed system of prices (reflecting supply and demand)? What sort of power grab is this? Which areas deserve fuel more than others? Would she make sure gas got to Tony Rand’s and Marc Basnight’s districts?
She didn’t go into that kind of detail. Politicians usually don’t.