Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 8:34am
The NY Times is out with an in-depth look at the change in culture at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, with administration officials forcing staffers to concentrate on "customer service", giving Duke Energy a slap on the wrist.
Amy Adams, a former supervisor who left the agency last year, said that the mantra of the current leadership was about “customer service,” but that did not include citizens who might live downstream from a polluter.
She and others said they were told to stop writing Notices of Violation to polluters, which can prompt fines, and instead to issue a Notice of Deficiency, which she likened to a state trooper giving a warning instead of a speeding ticket.
Current and former state regulators said the watchdog agency, once among the most aggressive in the Southeast, has been transformed under Gov. Pat McCrory into a weak sentry that plays down science, has abandoned its regulatory role and suffers from politicized decision-making.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius lashed out Tuesday at the governors in five Southern states, and Rick Perry (R-Texas) in particular, for “playing politics with people’s lives” by refusing to expand Medicaid under ObamaCare.
Speaking in an interview on HuffPostLive, Sebelius called their decisions “an outrage,” and urged the constituents of those states to pressure their legislatures and let their governors know this is “not acceptable.”
“The worst situation is in the states that so far have not decided to take up the offer of the fed government to expand Medicaid … in the five states with the highest level of uninsured African-Americans, four out of five of those — Texas, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida — are not expanding Medicaid,” she said.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 9:26am
Drill, baby, drill.
The News and Observer reports that McCrory, along with the governors of Virginia, Mississippi and Alabama, met with the Interior Secretary yesterday to press for oil and gas exploration off the coast of NC.
McCrory wrote a letter to the Charlotte Observer, attempting to set the record straight after having gotten a cook fired last week. Bad move.
The letter tells us a lot more than McCrory intended. It tells us that he cannot take the slightest bit of criticism. No slight is too small to offend him. He comes off as silly, petty and self-pitying.
Silly, petty and self-pitying? Add in thin-skinned and hot-headed and you've got the guy in a nutshell.
Submitted by teddyrooseveltp... on Sun, 02/23/2014 - 8:12am
The Greensboro News and Record has two reports this morning on the coal ash spill.
Tourism businesses speak out about how the spill has impacted them, with fears that Duke Energy has tarnished the reputation of the area in the same way that that BP ruined small businesses in the Guil with the oil spill in 2010. Fox8 in Greensboro also looked at how local businesses are being impacted the spill two days ago.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Fri, 02/21/2014 - 9:31pm
interview on Rachel Maddow show tonight--soon on MSNBC
The MSNBC interview consisted of McCrory's denying any ties to Duke Energy and questions about whether he received subpoena or not. The MSNBC host quoted from the newspaper editorial from the THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT.
Here is an excerpt from the editorial:
The river's flow has carried the ash to within 10 miles of Virginia's Kerr Reservoir, the last stop on the way to Lake Gaston, which provides drinking water for more than a million people in South Hampton Roads.
Cleaning up so much of the river will be impossible, especially now that the toxins have settled into the riverbed from bank to bank for miles upon miles.
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