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Henry McKoy Jr., progressive on the move

The N&O spotlights one of our friends:

McKoy has carved out a niche for himself as an expert on the green economy and "socially and environmentally responsible" businesses. So much so, in fact, that last spring he was invited to the White House to discuss green jobs and green investing.

"I'm in the business of how can a business make the world a better place, by helping to strengthen communities, and by doing it in an environmentally conscious way," McKoy said.

Battle over national power grid heats up

And a huge amount of potential wind energy hangs in the balance:

The group, the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy, founded in January, is trying to block the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving a series of major transmission paths from wind-rich areas in the middle of the continent to load centers all over and then spreading the cost of the new lines around the whole country.

“It is fundamentally about fairness,’’ said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday with Senator Robert Corker, Republican of Tennessee, to denounce such a plan.

Pricey on federal clean energy legislation

Tell it like it is, sister:

Americans have waited for too long for Washington to act, and we overwhelmingly support clean energy policies.

Opponents of transitioning to a clean energy economy are doing more than just protecting the status quo; they continue to put our health, safety, environment, economy and national security at risk. The opposition, led by big oil and other special interests, has a vested interest in working against clean energy - they need to protect their record profits. Now is not the time to reward them again by failing to pass legislation.

NC's Green Economy (conclusion)

The demand on our power grid will play an ever increasing role in both economic and environmental issues in the years to come, and we can no longer afford to institute policies that fail to work in concert, or even work against each other, as some efforts have.

I've been sort of "coaching" this paper along, but I'll just give you the rest by itself.

7 counties could choose a felon for sheriff

At least Barney Fife had one bullet:

Hege is running for sheriff again, but there is a catch: State law prohibits a convicted felon, including Hege, from carrying a weapon.

“There’s no general statute that I’m aware of that requires a sheriff to carry a firearm. The president of the United States don’t carry one. The governor don’t carry one, so I don’t think one sheriff not carrying one is going to upset anybody," he said.

"Doesn't" carry one, Gerald. Even if you can't carry a gun, at least you should go armed with decent verbal skills.

Manufactured "news" on NC's business environment

Once again we take a look at the people behind "studies" and "reports" that find their way to the pages of our media outlets:

North Carolina has one of the 15 worst tax environments for small businesses in the country and the worst in the South, the Washington, D.C.-based Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council says in a report released Tuesday.

Don't let the "Council" part fool you. It doesn't mean what you think it means, but that's all part of the facade.

Bayer Corp employee of the year: Richard Burr

Those of us who have studied Senator Richard Burr's Congressional acts couldn't help but notice a plethora of legislation suspending duties or tariffs on various and enigmatic chemical compounds.

I've spent time here and there trying to link these compounds together, in an effort to discover which private corporations were being served by these bills. Well, it appears there's one really big one, and it's a foreign-owned corporation at that.

Nevermind the gun, I just want to talk

Well, at least he didn't spoil the President's round of golf the other day:

At about 2 p.m., airport police saw McVey get out of a maroon car with Ohio plates and that he had a sidearm, airport police Capt. Kevan Smith said. Both airport police and the Secret Service questioned him and he was taken into custody.

When McVey got out of the car, he was listening to a handheld scanner and radio that had a remote earpiece, Smith said. Police said he was monitoring local agencies and had formulas for rifle scopes on a note in his cup holder.

Senator Hagan pens op-ed on payday lending

Kay gets a blue star for taking the time to educate the public, especially since she's not (currently) running for office:

These loans seem innocuous enough. Borrowers offer checks dated days later in exchange for a "short-term" loan. Most people borrow small amounts of money to cover unexpected expenses, like a medical bill or car repair.

But there's a catch. Predatory lenders trap borrowers into an endless cycle of debt.

Administration clueless on offshore drilling hazards

Gibbs' glib statement should be viewed for what it is, an embarassment:

"In all honesty I doubt this is the first accident that has happened and I doubt it will be the last," Gibbs told reporters.

Lautenberg and Menendez, who have long opposed offshore drilling, said 509 oil rig fires have broken out in the Gulf of Mexico since 2006.

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