Somebody's getting a little too big for his Chairman's britches:
The amended bill still went down 18-13 in Hager’s committee, with six Republicans joining its 12 Democrats. Hager said late Thursday afternoon that the bill is still very much alive and could come back to a vote with further amendments.
“Of course,” he said. “Fortunately, that bill is in the committee that I’m chairman of.”
"Of which I'm Chairman", not that anybody who was involved in the Cliffside coal plant fiasco could ever learn from his mistakes. Speaking of, we'll be paying for that $2 billion monstrosity for years, in both rate increases and health deterioration, not that Mike Hager would ever dare to mention such things. Back to "his" Committee, which (if he gets his way) will soon be populated by Teahadists:
Hager said the bill has stronger support from about three quarters of the Republican caucus, whose members tend to be more politically conservative than the 19 Republicans on his committee. Most were elected in 2010 and 2012 and haven’t succumbed to business-as-usual in Raleigh, he said.
Translated: They haven't been around long enough to understand what works and what doesn't work, so Hager is free to fill their minds with anti-environmentalist gibberish and fossil fuel industry propaganda. Even so, the truth can be hard to ignore:
The researchers found that while the state's economy lost more than 100,000 jobs from 2007 to 2012, clean energy development led to a net gain in employment of 21,162 "job years" (one job that lasts one year) over the same period. It also found that tax credits used by renewable energy projects were important revenue generators for state and local governments, and that the bill would save ratepayers millions of dollars over the long term by avoiding construction of costly new power plants.
In all, the study found that North Carolina has reaped $1.7 billion in total economic benefits from the law over the past six years.
When the repeal bill came up for its first public hearing earlier this month in a House Commerce subcommittee, the only people who spoke in favor of it were from Americans for Prosperity and the Civitas Institute, another conservative advocacy group. The overwhelming majority of speakers praised the renewable energy law's positive economic impact. Besides owners of clean energy companies, they included farmers who have begun investing in systems to generate power from livestock waste methane, which counts as a renewable under North Carolina's law. They were also joined by rural economic development advocates who spoke about how clean energy generation has created jobs and expanded the tax base in struggling rural communities.
Indeed, renewable energy may be the only economic driver that will work in some rural areas. Why? Because areas that don't have many of the natural or man-made resources that contribute to prosperity elsewhere still have the sun and wind shining and blowing, and those things won't dry up.