Coal Ash Wednesday: The world's dirtiest business continues

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Running headlong into a global catastrophe:

Cheap, plentiful and the most polluting of fossil fuels, coal remains the single largest source of energy to generate electricity worldwide. This, even as renewables like solar and wind power are rapidly becoming more affordable. Soon, coal could make no financial sense for its backers. So, why is coal so hard to quit?

Because coal is a powerful incumbent. It’s there by the millions of tons under the ground. Powerful companies, backed by powerful governments, often in the form of subsidies, are in a rush to grow their markets before it is too late. Banks still profit from it. Big national electricity grids were designed for it. Coal plants can be a surefire way for politicians to deliver cheap electricity — and retain their own power. In some countries, it has been a glistening source of graft.

I really do hate to throw this on you right after that stunning climate report, but there's no help for it. If we don't understand the scope of the problem, we'll never be able to solve it. Our advocacy here in the United States has been, if not wildly successful, at least a sign of steady progress. Older and dirtier coal plants have been shuttered, and relatively few new ones are coming online. But unfortunately, that is not the case in many other parts of the world:

Wednesday News: Uncertified

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HARRIS WIN OVER MCCREADY IN NC09 CALLED INTO QUESTION BY STATE BOARD: The state board of elections Tuesday refused to certify the results of the 9th Congressional District election after one board member cited what he called “unfortunate activities” in the eastern part of the district. Election board member Joshua Malcolm raised the issue in what was expected to be a routine certification of the results of North Carolina’s 13 congressional races. He asked the board to remove the 9th District from the list of those to be certified. “I’m very familiar with unfortunate activities that have been happening down in my part of the state,” vice chair Malcolm, a Robeson County Democrat, told the board. “And I am not going to turn a blind eye to what took place to the best of my understanding which has been ongoing for a number of years that has repeatedly been referred to the United States attorney and the district attorneys for them to take action and clean it up. And in my opinion those things have not taken place.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/election/article222263905.html

Tuesday News: You can run but you can't hide...

TIM MOORE LAWYERING UP OVER STATE AND FEDERAL INVESTIGATIONS: In an interview Monday night, Moore confirmed to WBTV that he had retained attorney Colon Willoughby, who spent nearly three decades as Wake County District Attorney. Moore said he retained Willoughby to review questions that have emerged about work he has handled in his private law practice that may have related to legislation with which he is involved. The Raleigh News & Observer reported in September about a contract Moore had with a Triangle-based pharmaceutical start-up that prompted current Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman to request the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to review. Separately, WBTV has also learned Moore has retained Willoughby to handle potential inquiries from federal investigators who continue to build a case stemming from political donor Greg Lindberg.
https://www.wbtv.com/2018/11/27/house-speaker-moore-has-hired-criminal-defense-attorney-state-federa...

Millennial and GenZ voters will decide the future of NC

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And Republicans might as well pack their bags:

Participation by two generations of younger voters, millennials and Generation Z, grew strongly in the 2018 elections, both nationally and in North Carolina. Generation Z voters, those born around 2000, are the latest generational cohort to begin reaching voting age. Their numbers will only grow in future elections as more age into the voting pool. Millennials are the preceding generation, which came of age around 2000.

Combined, these two groups make now make up almost a third of North Carolina registered voters. By the time the polls open for the 2020 presidential election, these groups will make up an even greater percentage of the state’s electorate.

Here's a little story, which you may (or may not) find relevant: Early last year, when we were organizing the county party and meeting new candidates for the Primary, I witnessed some unsettling behavior by an older Democrat. Not going to drop any names, but he has commented here before, and it's quite possible he may read this. In one instance, he stood up in front of us and railed against both the Young Dems and the LGBT movement, and warned about alienating older voters. A month or two later, he pretty much interrogated a young (Congressional) candidate in front of everybody, to the point that I had to fold his ears back in a private message a few days later. Due to health reasons, he hasn't been around since late Spring. And as harsh as it sounds, that is the moral to this story. Catering to the often backwards desires of those whose voting days are numbered, at the expense of alienating voters who are just beginning their involvement, is an exercise in futility. Sermon over, here's more stats:

Monday News: Conservative mating ritual

GEN'RAL TATER IS BACK, IN FULL-ON TRUMP MODE: Former North Carolina Transportation Secretary Tony Tata appeared on Fox and Friends with a message of support for sending U.S. troops to the border with Mexico, and his comments drew the tweeting approval of President Donald Trump. “President Trump is a man of his word, he said he was going to be tough on the border and he is tough on the border,” Tata said during the Sunday interview. Sunday afternoon, the President took to his Twitter account to thank Tata, who responded in a tweet of his own. In the five minute interview, Tata was asked about the effectiveness of mobilizing troops as an immigration tactic and the “consternation it has caused on the left.” “The left has an immediate visceral reaction in the opposite direction to anything that President Trump does for a lot of different reasons,” Tata said. Among those: “He’s fighting the globalists tooth and nail by espousing patriotism and nationalism, as he should, as we should all do within this great country.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article222168500.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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GOVERNOR COOPER WANTS NC TO LEAD CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY: Cooper’s order directs the state Commerce Department to expand its efforts to support new and expanding clean energy businesses. According to the N.C. Sustainable Energy Association, the clean energy economy provides more than 34,000 jobs in the state. That’s more than Duke Energy has working in all six it operates in. Legislative leaders have been tepid, at best, in their embrace of sustainable and renewable energy efforts. But among the rank-and-file it has broad and bipartisan support. The leadership would be wise to embrace Cooper’s plans. They are practical and achievable. Supporting them will both grow North Carolina’s economy and prepare it better to meet the challenges climate change is already forcing the state to confront.
https://www.wral.com/editorial-cooper-wants-n-c-to-lead-the-clean-energy-economy/18011013/

A Message from Wayne Goodwin, NCDP Chair

Note: I posted the message, below, on Facebook and Twitter a few days ago, primarily for members of the NCDP State Executive Committee and active Dems statewide, and am now providing it here as a personal courtesy to fellow BlueNC members, some of whom were very kind to encourage me to seek the post of NCDP chairman two years ago.

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My fellow NC Democrats:

Not a hoax: Multi-agency Climate Change report predicts devastation

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And of course Trump is on the wrong side again:

The report, which was mandated by Congress and made public by the White House, is notable not only for the precision of its calculations and bluntness of its conclusions, but also because its findings are directly at odds with President Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth.

Mr. Trump has taken aggressive steps to allow more planet-warming pollution from vehicle tailpipes and power plant smokestacks, and has vowed to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, under which nearly every country in the world pledged to cut carbon emissions. Just this week, he mocked the science of climate change because of a cold snap in the Northeast, tweeting, “Whatever happened to Global Warming?”

Trump is an idiot. But he isn't just an idiot, he's a "Contrarian" idiot; he automatically opposes and attacks opinions held by those more intelligent than he is (an extremely long list), because it's not about the science, it's (always) about his ego. Call them what you will, long-term "agency bureaucrats" or "deep-state operatives," most of these people are professionals, highly credentialed, and they need to keep doing their job the way they see fit, and not the way the 72 year-old orange toddler thinks they should. Here are just some of the findings in said report:

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