New Solar bill a wolf in sheep's clothing

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If you don't know your history, you're doomed to forget your successes:

North Carolina solar companies owe much of their success to an obscure federal law passed in the wake of the 1973 OPEC oil crisis, when shortages produced lines around the block at gas stations and tipped the U.S. economy into recession. At that time, Americans got about one-sixth of their electrical power from burning petroleum, much of it imported from the Middle East. In a bid for greater energy independence, lawmakers approved The Public Utility Regulatory Policy of 1978, known as PURPA.

Among other things, PURPA required utilities to buy renewable power from independent producers if it cost no more than electricity from the conventional power plants owned by the utility. The aim was to source more power from small renewable facilities, like the Person County Solar Park, easing demand for electricity from coal, gas and—in particular—petroleum-fired power plants.

I will say this again, and keep saying it if that's what it takes: In the clean energy revolution, in the reducing our carbon footprint contest, in the cutting back on pollution effort, it's all about the Megawatts. Yes, allowing for 3rd party leases on residential Solar is great, and it will make it a lot easier for folks to have them installed on their homes, but we're talking 10-15 kilowatts per. An analogy might better get my point across. Say you have a really long wall, that needs to be painted on both sides. On one side, you've got one person using a paint roller, and on the other side, you've got fifty people dabbing with a fine artist's paint brush. When the person with the roller gets tired, another steps up eagerly and starts rolling. On the other side, you're constantly trying to replace each of those fifty people dabbing. I don't need to tell you which side will be finished first, or that one of those sides may never be finished. It's a bad analogy, but it's been in my head for several weeks, and I had to get it out. Here's more on the threat to PURPA:

Thursday News: Does this answer your question, Donnie?

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TRUMP IS BEING INVESTIGATED FOR POSSIBLE OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE BY SPECIAL COUNSEL: The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said. The move by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Trump's own conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article156223734.html

The tale of North Carolina's $45 million 'seat-warmer'

SEPTEMBER 06, 2014 4:00 PM

The tale of North Carolina's $45 million 'seat-warmer'
By Ned Barnett - nbarnett@newsobserver.com

For a man who spent 14 years in public service as mayor of Charlotte, Pat McCrory brought an oddly skeptical attitude toward public employees when he became governor.

In his first State of the State speech in 2013, he said, “We want to reward our talented state employees, but seat-warmers must be a thing of the past.”

Wednesday News: Cease and desist

REVEREND BARBER CALLS ON GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO STOP PASSING LAWS UNTIL MAPS ARE FIXED: "Currently, we have an unconstitutionally constituted, illegal body leading our state legislature, and it has become evident that they are more entrenched than they ever were," Barber said at a news conference in front of the Legislative Building. "They’re not in office because they won the election. They’re in office, according to the courts, because they cheated, and they used racial methods to cheat. And then, with illegal power, they have passed bills that have hurt all North Carolinians," Barber said. "They used that power – illegal power – to pass the worst voter suppression law that we saw in the nation, and the courts overturned that, too."
http://www.wral.com/naacp-leader-calls-on-lawmakers-to-cease-and-desist-/16760764/

State continues to fight hearing for Clemmons man to learn why he was fired

State continues to fight hearing for Clemmons man to learn why he was fired

By Richard Craver Winston-Salem Journal

http://www.journalnow.com/news/state_region/state-continues-to-fight-hearing-for-clemmons-man-to-lea...

Tuesday News: Keep up the pressure

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GOVERNOR COOPER REMAINS STEADFAST IN DEMAND FOR NEW MAPS AND ELECTIONS: North Carolina Democrats and allies continued to press Republican leaders Monday to redraw legislative maps quickly after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed last week that nearly 30 districts are illegally racially gerrymandered. Last Monday, the nation’s highest court upheld the lower court decision of three federal judges who originally tossed out the districts in August. The lower court can’t act until formally getting the case back from the Supreme Court, but the judges wrote Friday that they would “act promptly” on when new maps should be drawn and whether a special election is necessary this fall.
http://www.thetimesnews.com/news/20170613/gov-cooper-nc-democrats-push-for-new-maps-quickly

Tuesday Twitter roundup

In the "put your money where your mouth is" category:

When you try to do something good and some idiot sticks his leg out to trip you:

Glimmers of hope

Many people I know are despondent over the shitshow going on in Raleigh, myself included. It's hard to understand how grown adults can behave with such callous disregard for our institutions, and indeed for government itself. But the problem is not complex. ALL of the legislative challenges we're facing can be traced back to aggressive and unconstitutional gerrymandering. All of them.

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