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DENR Secretary engaging in campaign politics

Joining the GOP bandwagon in viciously attacking Roy Cooper:

In a puzzling move, Cooper is putting his support behind the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which is estimated to cost consumers and businesses $41 billion or more per year. According to Energy Ventures Analysis, the average North Carolina household’s electricity and gas bill would increase by $434 in 2020, a 22 percent hike over current rates. Cooper, in essence, supports the takeover of North Carolina’s energy-generation system.

We do not share Cooper’s belief that the federal EPA is the best guardian of North Carolina’s economic and environmental interests. We prefer to allow North Carolina to continue to build on its significant record of environmental protection.

In this ten paragraph op-ed, van der Vaart references the Attorney General ten times, proving he is more concerned with scoring political points than discussing environmental issues. As to Energy Ventures Analysis, your initial assumption is correct, dear reader. The group has deep ties to the coal industry, something a "scholar" like van der Vaart should have spotted a mile away:

Art Pope, the Koch Brothers, and their defense of polluters

Spending big bucks attacking environmental heroes:

The same day it donated to the RGA, Sept. 16, Variety Stores also gave $400,000 to the Freedom Partners Action Fund, the super PAC of the Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, which has been called the "central bank" of the Koch brothers' conservative political spending operation.

Pope's business has continued making donations this year, giving the RGA another $50,000 on June 18 and $100,000 to the Freedom Partners Action Fund the following day.

That's half a million dollars to Freedom Partners, a tidy sum even for the silver spoon-fed Arthur. While a lot of these SuperPACs hide their donors and their corporate masters very well, Freedom Partners is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch International, with a super-majority of its board actual employees of the polluting monster. They do however try to get clever with their attacks:

DENR tries to block coal ash cleanup agreement

"It wasn't our idea, so we won't support it":

North Carolina's environmental officials moved Wednesday to stop an agreement that would commit Duke Energy to scooping out and moving coal ash from three more unlined and leaking pits.

Duke and a coalition of environmental groups last month agreed that, if a judge approved, the energy giant would commit itself to excavating the coal ash from three additional power plants: Cape Fear in Moncure, H.F Lee in Goldsboro and Weatherspoon near Lumberton.

And what's even crazier, one of the stated reasons DENR is trying to legally intervene is to avoid future legal interventions. Isn't that like smacking somebody so other people will feel sorry for that person and less likely to smack them? Here's more from the SELC:

Oregon millionaire behind NC's public school takeover scheme

Everything is for sale, if you fill out the check properly:

John Bryan has underwritten the creation of ten charter schools across North Carolina, and now thanks to his political efforts he’s also behind a secret plan modeled after similar controversial initiatives in Tennessee, New Orleans and elsewhere to allow charter operators to fire an entire school’s staff and start from scratch in an attempt to catapult a public school into the top 25 percent of the state.

According to the North Carolina State Board of Elections, since 2010 John Bryan has given well over $100,000 to candidates who have a record of pushing school privatization efforts, including House Speaker Tim Moore, Rep. Jason Saine, former Guilford Rep. Marcus Brandon, Rep. Paul Stam, and Sen. Ralph Hise.

It brings the term "sellout" to a whole new level, doesn't it? Remember this: The state (for the most part) doesn't fund the construction of public schools, the counties do. In effect, this legislation has all the earmarks of Conservatives' supposed great nemesis "Eminent Domain," but in reverse. They're handing over something local taxpayers built and giving it to an out-of-state political crony. And they're handing over our children, too, which is even more outrageous, if that's possible. These bills shouldn't even be parked in committee, much less brought to the floor for a vote. They should be ceremoniously burned.

GOP oxy Morons: Two week "continuing resolution"

Like a toddler crying because he doesn't want to go to bed:

With a deadline looming on Friday, state legislators still don’t have a budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. On Tuesday, they rolled out another extension to keep government running through Aug. 31.

The temporary budget bill, known as a “continuing resolution,” continues last fiscal year’s budget allocations for another two weeks while the House and Senate try to reach a deal. Before the fiscal year ended June 30, legislators approved a 45-day continuing resolution that runs out Friday.

With the right shoes, I could walk to Devonshire in a fortnight, and still have time to peddle my wares. But the GOP will probably f**k this one up, too.

The economic realities of offshore drilling the Atlantic OCS

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Applying reason to a rhetoric-filled debate:

Taylor, in her presentation, explored the economic and other benefits that have been touted as reasons to pursue offshore drilling off the Atlantic coast. Enhancing the nation’s energy independence, lowering energy prices and creating jobs are the big three reasons often cited, but what’s the reality?

“We cannot be independent of a globally traded commodity,” Taylor said, referring specifically to petroleum products, for which prices are set on international markets.

An indisputable reality we've been trying to convey to the "drill, baby, drill" crowd until we're blue in the face. But they're either dishonest or don't have the capacity to understand, which is why we have to keep saying it:

Voter suppression judge gives pass to Alamance County Sheriff

Choosing to ignore blatant racial profiling by law enforcement:

The Justice Department also alleged that Johnson said “bring me some Mexicans” during a staff meeting in January 2007. “In eliciting this statement, the government made no effort to provide any context, and none was given,” Schroeder wrote in his opinion. “The court is doubtful that the claimed statement was made, especially in the unsupported context.” Johnson denied making the statement.

Two sheriff’s employees testified that Johnson said to “go get those/some Mexicans,” but both deputies said the statements were made in reference to a Mexican gang that the sheriff’s office was investigating for possible criminal activity, according to the opinion. “It does not indicate that the sheriff ever directed his deputies to arrest individuals simply because they were from Mexico or were Hispanic,” Schroeder wrote.

Bolding mine. This judge is beginning to sound more like a defense attorney representing plainly guilty parties than an objective observer. In one breath he "doubts" the racist statement was made, and in another breath he admits it probably was but was simply misunderstood. I'm sure nobody reading this would want a Federal judge who was a rubber stamp for the DOJ. But we also don't need one with barely-concealed contempt for the agency, especially when it comes to Civil Rights issues. Needless to say, this racial profiling decision gives me even more reason to believe Schroeder will rule in favor of the GOP vote suppressors in the next few weeks, so the time to begin preparing the appeal is yesterday.

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