Last week, US Senator Mitch McConnell successfully killed a 15% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) in the Energy Bill by arguing that an RPS would disadvantage southern states, who have thus far avoided RPS's due to cost. Those of us that study the cost of new baseload coal and nuclear plants vs. clean alternative energy were nauseated. Energy efficiency and renewables are cheaper than new nuclear and coal plants. The cost of climate change was not discussed. We can't wait for Congress. It's time for NC to adopt a Renewable and Efficiency Portfolio Standard. This session.

NAVY OLF just to keep it on your mind (and a political rant)

Does anyone know where the 3 sites are that NC and VA politicans offered to the Navy for an OLF are?

Do these sites know that potentially up to 33,000 acres of their community might be condemned for an OLF that the Navy has admitted is not required?

Does our politicians know? you bet, will they tell these communities? HECK NO!

UPDATE: Tax and spend Republican hypocrite


Wonder of wonders! Guess who good ol' Larry Brown of "I-aint-votin-fer-no-tax-and-spend-budget" fame is married to? Well, her name is Martha Vance Brown, and she's the Executive Director of the Richmond County Partnership for Children . . . an agency that is almost completely funded with (gasp) taxpayer money!

So Larry Brown, just how much of a Republican hypocrite are you? Are you going to vote for a budget that continues to pay the salary of YOU AND YOUR WIFE?


North Carolina Beaches: Going, Going, Gone

The erosion problems at North Carolina's beaches have been a topic of conversation since I was a little girl. A study released back in March paints a very gloomy future for many of our beautiful southern NC beaches and its all related to climate change. This time the concern isn't traditional beach erosion, its the possibility the sea will swallow the beaches whole - much of it disappearing in my/our lifetime.

This makes it all the more surprising that the North Carolina legislature has so far failed to address renewable energy in a truly meaningful fashion. I'm not an expert in the field and I don't expect our legislators to be experts either, but I do expect them to listen to the experts.

Rep. Grier Martin asked for our help earlierin determining what the next step is. He pointed us to this article in the N&O that outlined where the legislation stood at the time. This study has been out for a few months and apparently hasn't caused much of a stir among our state's leaders.

1000 emails. Today.

This is an action item, which I hope you will take seriously.

Below is a sample letter, which I have toned way down from my original rant, which I am sending to every member of the House of Representatives in Raleigh. I'm asking you to do the same.

More importantly, I hope you'll send this posting, or your own version of it, to every blog you can find and all of your personal email lists. The goal is to deliver 1000 emails to every House member today.

If this is true . . .

The Dome is reporting that the sales tax will stay intact and that a quarter-percentage point temporary income tax on high earners will come off as scheduled on Jan. 1. If this is true, I will have two words and two words only for the North Carolina Democratic Party. You can guess what they are.


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