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Climate Change Commission must be preserved

From an editorial in the Winston-Salem Journal:

Retired Winston-Salem attorney John Garrou, commission co-chairman, told the Associated Press that the permanent status is needed because legislators will need guidance on many of the long-term recommendations his panel will propose. There are also new federal-emissions regulations on the horizon, and the legislature will need the commission's guidance there, too.

A cacophony of politically charged pseudo-science has been raised over the climate-change question. The opposition has raised what are, at their truest level, a number of false concerns. Climate change is a scientific issue for which there is no longer any reasonable doubt. The world's community of climate scientists is overwhelmingly convinced that the planet is warming and that man's behavior is contributing to this.

Teabaggers show true colors

Spitting on and hurling racial and homophobic epithets at Congressmen:

Demonstrators outside the U.S. Capitol, angry over the proposed health care bill, shouted "nigger" Saturday at U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a Georgia congressman and civil rights icon who was nearly beaten to death during an Alabama march in the 1960s.

Protesters also used a slur as they confronted Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., an openly gay member of Congress. Frank told the Boston Globe that the incident happened as he was walking from the Longworth office building to the Rayburn office building, both a short distance from the Capitol. Frank said the crowd consisted of a couple of hundred of people and that they referred to him as 'homo.' A writer for The Huffington Post said the protesters called Frank a "faggot."

Proud of you, Bob

We need to give credit where credit is due:

U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Lillington Democrat, was the lone Fayetteville area congressman to vote "yes" late Sunday on the controversial health care reform bill.

"After reading the bill carefully, I have concluded that it will save lives and money," said Etheridge. "I have listened to North Carolinians from all points of view and, after prayerful consideration, I will vote "yes" for these needed reforms. This is the best chance we have to reduce sky-rocketing health care cost for North Carolina families."

Offshore wind project getting closer to realization

Making North Carolina first in the entire nation with the vision to move forward:

In August 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly established standards for a renewable energy portfolio in the state, and in 2009, the legislature passed a bill that required UNC to develop a wind demonstration project.

A partnership between Duke Energy and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the project would place up to three large wind turbines in the sound about seven miles west of Avon, nine miles north of Frisco and eight miles from Buxton.

On West Virginia coal and Afghan poppies

Quite often when we refer to our reliance on coal and other fossil fuels, we use the term "addiction" to describe this unhealthy relationship. But this is not just a "catchword" adopted out of frustration; the similarities between drug addiction and coal use, and the unintended consequences arising from both, are strikingly clear. As is our inability and reluctance to formulate effective solutions for these problems.

Burr joins D'Annunzio at gun rights gig

And you guessed it, Tim is sponsoring the event:

Organized by Grass Roots North Carolina* and sponsored by Tim D’Annunzio for Congress, GRNC’s ‘Second Amendment Symposium’ will now feature Alan Gura, Sen. Richard Burr, 8th
District Republican Tim D’Annunzio and Second Amendment Foundation president Joe Tartaro.

Senator Burr was elected to Congress in 1994 and to the U.S. Senate in 2004. His perfect 100% pro-gun voting record and long history of sponsoring Second Amendment legislation earned Grass Roots North Carolina’s highest 4-star evaluation. Most recently, Sen. Burr garnered national attention (and the wrath of the “Violence Policy Center”) by introducing the Veteran’s Second Amendment Protection Act.

D'Annunzio meltdown continues

If you keep poking people Timmy, they're gonna throw you in the pokey:

Republican congressional candidate Tim D’Annunzio Thursday lashed out at two party officials – including state chairman Tom Fetzer – after an incident in which a Republican legislator said he felt physically threatened by D’Annunzio.

North Carolina's place at the "green economy" table

Demonstrating the Administration's intent to focus on greening the economy, Vice President Joe Biden made an appearance at CREE earlier today:

Biden appeared at Cree, a manufacturer of energy efficient LED lighting products that had received $39 million in tax credits through the federal stimulus act, Rob Christensen reports. The company has hired 375 workers in the past year.

Biden and Energy Secretary Steven Chu toured a laboratory at Cree before Biden's 25-minute speech. He was accompanied by a film crew from ABC News which is working on a story about a day in the life of the vice president.

NC court system seriously underfunded

Quite possibly a bigger threat to liberty than any other issue:

Cost-cutting has strained the state court system's ability to administer justice and protect the public just when those services are needed most, North Carolina's chief justice said Wednesday night.

She said there is never enough money in legal aid offices, where those who can't afford to hire lawyers seek help and where fewer than 20 percent who ask will receive it. Without legal aid, Parker said, the poor are less likely to be able to get access to health care, decent housing and protection against domestic violence.

Char-O sounds off about Titan Cement

Earning one of Steve's coveted Blue Stars for environ...okay, I don't really have any blue stars, but, if I did, the Charlotte Observer would definitely get one:

This failure to adequately assess the environmental impact of a plant that could put significant amounts of mercury emissions into the air each year is baffling. With a considerable population in the region, allowing even a fraction of the mercury allowed in the draft permit into the air, onto the land and into the water, however unlikely that may be, is scary.

The public depends on DENR to carefully assess the potential damage air and water pollution can have on public health and insist on high standards before it issues permits. If the state cannot demonstrate in a persuasive way that it has considered all the potential adverse effects and can assure the public there will be no harm to humans, it ought not proceed any further on a final permit.

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