Breaking: McCrory pitches coal-ash smokescreen

There's a reason they call Pat McCrory the King of Coal Ash. He loves the stuff and is doing everything he can to protect Duke Energy's interests as the ash-pond debacle plays out. So instead of choosing the right thing (moving coal ash dumps away from rivers), he's developing a complex scheme to get away with doing the wrong thing (leaving it where it is).

Plus, watch out. When a greeder like John Skvarla uses his bully pulpit to call a citizen "sophomoric," you can be sure some good old-fashioned f*ck-you customer service won't be far behind.

WRAL has the story.

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The sad thing is

Pat will check off "clean up the coal ash mess" on his to-do list and run around telling everyone how he's fixed that problem by insisting that every coal ash pond be "closed or converted".

He knows that most people don't know the difference and won't realize that that's code for "they don't have to clean up anything and don't have to move the coal ash to dispose of it safely and they can leave it and continue to risk more spills into our waterways".

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

I like this Skvarla quote...

"Skvarla said neither McCrory’s staff nor DENR consulted Duke about the proposal. “This is our legislation, not Duke’s legislation,” he said."

It would lead one to think that there has been Duke legislation.

Why consult?

Why should McCrory's staff or DENR consult with Duke Energy? McCrory's staff and DENR are filled with former Duke Energy employees for Pete's sake....

Excellent observation

The idea that McSkvarla would have to "consult" with Duke Energy to give them what they want is ludicrous. They've all been in bed together for so long that they have a hard time telling which ass needs kissing.

Duke Energy is one of Skvarla's "customers" and he sure as hell knows how to service them.

No consultation with Duke needed

As the Raleigh News & Observer reports, McDENR didn't need to consult with Duke on this new proposed legislation because they already knew precisely what Duke wants, and that's what they're giving them.

Duke has previously said it would weigh similar options [to what Patskvarla are proposing].

“All this is doing is attempting to put into law what Duke wants to do anyway, which is leave in place its ash at different sites where it continues to be a risk and continues to threaten communities,” said Frank Holleman, an attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Right you are

This is "our" legislation, not Duke's legislation ... unlike all the other legislation we've been serving up.

Of course it is their legislation

not Duke's legislation....we believe it because they have proven so trustworthy up to this point.



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We trust them

as far as we can throw them. Your point makes us wonder what Skvarla left unsaid. He didn't say that *nobody* consulted with Duke. He didn't say that DENR didn't consult with others who might represent or in turn consult with Duke.

Yeah, we know, that sounds overly suspicious and maybe approaches some sort of conspiracy theory.

But that's because they have proven to be SO trustworthy up to this point.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

The draft legislation

is on DENR's web site (scroll down).

Lots of stuff about notification, inspection, monitoring. Even talks about requirements to close the coal ash dumps. We might have missed it, but we didn't see one word about actually requiring coal ash cleanup.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Breaking: McCrory's coal ash publicity stunt

has made the transition from breaking to broken.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

They can't protect NC from

They can't protect NC from ash spills by Duke Energy, a home-grown company, so how can we trust them to protect us from fracking accidents by out of state corporations????

We need a moratorium on fracking until the Duke mess can be cleaned up and regulations tightened up.

Agreed

But fracking is on the fast track. They've finished their "safety rules" that will go to public comment in August. The public comment phase is window dressing, of course.

We're probably about a year from the first well, and it's unlikely that anything is going to stop it.

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis

Sing along with Pat

BackwardNC has published "The Coal Ash Governor", with apologies to Loretta Lynn.

We documented one of the singles; major props and big thanks to James at BlueNC for the album cover!

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"What I see from the folks who are opposing our agenda is whining coming from losers." -- Thom Tillis