Coal Ash Wednesday: Senate GOP refuses to protect consumers

Sorry folks, you're just not that important:

Duke has said it plans to pay for damage caused by the Dan River spill – the bill also would require the utility to pay for cleaning up any future ash spills – but it plans to pass as much of the rest of the cleanup cost on to customers through higher electric rates.

Sen. Mike Woodard, D-Durham, tried to introduce an amendment that would have required Duke to pick up the entire tab of the cleanup, but Apodaca said that decision should be left up to the state Utilities Commission. He then used a parliamentary procedure to kill the Woodard's amendment without a vote.

That angered Sen. Josh Stein, D-Wake, who asked that Apodaca allow a vote on the proposal. Apodaca twice refused, even once when he was bargaining with Stein to withdraw a separate amendment that would require liners on any ash ponds allowed to remain where they are. Apodaca said he would work with Stein on his proposal, which could resurface Wednesday.

It's apparent Apodaca was afraid to put this to a floor vote, because he knew it would either pass or expose more Republican Senators to the ire of voters if it was voted down. Whatever the case, the leadership is guilty of dereliction of duty, and should be removed.

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Coal ash is safe

Just ask these families.

Meanwhile

Berger and the Apodacites are shouting from the rooftops about how they passed a bill that will require ALL COAL ASH DUMPS TO BE CLOSED! YEA! GENUFLECT TO US AND SEND LOTSA CAMPAIGN CASH!

They leave out the part about not cleaning up the vast majority of these dumps (knowing full well that most people will gloss over the substantial difference between "close" and "cleanup"), and when asked who will pay for all this, they hem and haw and should "Look! Benghazi!"

Apodaca knows that a majority of North Carolinians, Republicans and Democrats alike, want Duke Energy to pay to clean up their mess and just might vote against people who let Duke off the hook.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

And the lazy mainstream media

is repeating the NC GOP deception. Several news outlets calling this the "coal ash cleanup bill". It includes only a modicum of cleanup.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Another in a long line of betrayals

And Republicans better believe this will be a major campaign issue come November. We won't forget.

p.s. Having some major connectivity issues. Verizon mobile broadband has served me very well over the years, but today is the exception to that rule. Don't know if they've got a tower down or what, but I'm commenting from my mom's squirrel-powered PC right now. ;/

I'm headed out to find somebody (in person) to bitch to, so I'll see you folks when I see you.