Another awesome woman

UPDATED: Harrison's bill would focus on banning coal obtained from mountaintop removal from being burned in North Carolina, not on banning mountaintop removal itself in North Carolina. There are not significant coal deposits in North Carolina's mountains. My mistake.

I've heard good stuff about Pricey Harrison for years. Everyone has always said she's one of the most reliable progressive voices in the General Assembly, and I've pretty much taken that praise at face value. Until today when I met Pricey in person. Now I can sing my own praises of Representative Harrison from first hand experience.

We talked only briefly, about two topics. First, mountaintop removal and second, out-of-state athletes getting subsidized by North Carolina taxpayer dollars.

As you may have heard, Pricey is leading the charge in the General Assembly to ban use of coal obtained using the obscene practice of mountaintop removal in North Carolina.

In case you're not familiar with mountaintop removal, imagine a mountain that has been in existence for 100 million years or more. Now imagine that mountain being gang-raped into non-existence by power companies to get cheap coal.

Get the picture?


I'm writing this post because I want you to join Pricey and others in making mountaintop removal one of the central issues in this year's election cycle. I want Pat McCrory to have to tell North Carolina where he stands on the wholesale destruction of mountains in order to get a few more years worth of coal. I want Beverly Perdue to meet that question as well. And Liddy Dole. And Kay Hagan. And Sue Myrick. And Virginia Foxx. Even John McSame. We need to know where they ALL stand - every last one of them.

Maintaining the sanctity and security of mountains is every bit as important to stewardship of our state as was stopping the Outlying Landing Field in Washington County. We need to move this from a mountain issue to a statewide issue, and we need to do it now.

Your mission, should you decided to accept it, is to lend your voice to the cause of stopping mountaintop removal.

Who's in?

Comments

Golden Rule and -- if you broke it you fix it

If someone ruins your space, you kind of expect them to fix it. The problem here is that the mountain tops removal is going on and no one pays for ruining the space around it.

I am with ya.

Watch Kilowatt Ours too. But this video is good too.
thanks James

TurnNCBlue

Good job Pricey Harrison

I am a fan but please please help us with the travesty of ElectriCities of NC. They are ruining our economic livelihood. They have 15 lobbyists over there; according to legislators, the best ones left; legal settlements out the nose. It is a place run amuck. We could use your knowledge and gumption. James, here, has been a huge help to us.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

I'm a huge fan.

I am a huge fan of Pricey Harrison; she is down to earth, smart, and well-informed. I spoke to her briefly yesterday also. She knew me right away from Facebook. (See - social networks work, if you use them properly.) I had mentioned at one point I'd have to move so I could live in her district so that I could vote for her. She asked me where I lived, and when I told her, she knew Betty Mangum, who is running for the seat now held by Joe Boylan. That surprised me - it shouldn't have, but it did.

As for ElectriCities - what's next?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Have to disagree with you......

about the out-of-state athletes. Everything else I am in complete agreement.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

McSame does not oppose Mountain top removal

Surprised?

In fact, McCain, (along with his bud Lieberman) were opposed to a bill proposed by Boxer that was meant to be a substitute for the Lieberman-Warner bill.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/harvey-wasserman/king-fossil-loves-global_b_105973.html

In a stunning triumph for the industries most clearly responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, thirty-six Senators voted against the cloture motion. They thus killed a substitute bill proposed by Boxer, with assent from Lieberman and Warner, and from GOP presidential nominee John McCain. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promptly pulled it, meaning there will be no significant climate change legislation from the last Congress of the Bush Era. It was, says the National Association of Manufacturers, "a responsible move by Congress that will save US manufacturing jobs."

In fact, it was a harsh message from the coal, oil and gas industry to the nation as a whole, saying there is little or nothing it will allow that would challenge the unrestricted emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, or the catastrophic impact of eco-hostile energy policies such as the removal of scores of mountain tops in the coal fields of Appalachia.

Obama is opposed to mountaintop removal.

NCDem Amy on YouTube

what next for ElectriCities

A large crowd at the rate meeting which occurs after the CEO Jesse Tilton and his group parties in New Orleans. Then their board meeting in July and then their beach party in Myrtle Beach in August. And a board meeting this Friday.

Their lobbyist has an EEOC claim filed on her so we want to see what legal costs will be run up there.

We will continue to push on and take down some political careers until we get to the truth about the mismanagement.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

How can people here help?

I've read all your posts, and I'm at a loss as to what can be done. Public Utilities Commission? Letters to Editors? Letters to legislators? What do you need from us out here in internet land?

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi
Pointing at Naked Emperors

Rep. Harrison is great on other issues too.

She's one of the co-sponsors of the House Bill to open our community colleges and universities to undocumented students.

She is Wrong On This Issue

Harrison basically is adding and abetting criminals by co-sponsoring this bill. She has convinced me that elected representatives, and our citizens, should ignore all criminal activities so long as the offenders (or their family members) make even the minutest of financial contributions to our state coffers.

What?

I don't understand how it is that this legislation "is basically aiding and abetting criminals."

Can you explain what you mean?

Pricey Harrison has a well deserved reputation for ethics and progressive ideals. She's one of the reasons we can believe that positive change is even possible at the General Assembly.

Civil Not Criminal

Undocumented presence in the United States is a civil offense, not criminal. The use of fraudulent documents may be a criminal offense. People who make false assertions of legal presence may be guilty of criminal offenses.

Undocumented students who do do not pretend to be other than undocumented, provide truthful statements about their status and otherwise do not break the law are not criminals.