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.