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Cap and Dividend?

And now for something completely different:

Graham and Sens. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) have worked for months to develop an alternative to cap-and-trade, which the House approved eight months ago. They plan to introduce legislation next month that would apply different carbon controls to individual sectors of the economy instead of setting a national target.

The change in policy, which might even include giving money raised through carbon pollution allowances directly back to consumers, a scheme known as "cap-and-dividend," could appeal to some wavering senators. Senior Obama administration officials have also been studying the cap-and-dividend approach. But it remains unclear whether that would be enough to produce the 60 votes proponents need, especially when the Senate has yet to finish work on health-care legislation and a jobs package.

NC's sea turtles get no help

Once again, our state's officials stand on the wrong side of an important issue, with personal financial considerations driving their decisions:

Politics rather than science drove the commission’s decision, the CCA alleges, noting that several commission members who are seafood dealers and who would potentially suffer if the gill nets were banned voted in favor of their continued use.

That’s prompted the CCA to wonder if those members are in violation of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s Executive Order No. 34, which requires that appointees to boards and commissions must abstain from any vote on a matter in which they have a financial stake.

Burr shows his disdain for the unemployed

Once again, Richard Burr and his Republican colleagues oppose helping those who need it the most:

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) said yesterday that he is willing to hold an extension of unemployment benefits hostage in the Senate unless he is given the opportunity to cut taxes for the very wealthiest estates in the country. And other members of the GOP caucus are not making things any easier.

First, Reid attempted to pass the extension by unanimous consent late last night, only to see the attempt thwarted by Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY), who blocked the measure because of “a dispute over how it should be funded.” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), meanwhile, said that he would support a short-term extension of benefits, but doesn’t want to accommodate Reid’s request for a full-year extension:

"If we intend to have some immediate impact on the economy through what we’re doing, why would we be extending unemployment insurance for a year??"

NC's list of contaminated coal ash sites grows

If we add these six new sites to the thirteen already identified by the EPA, the Legislature can go ahead and authorize the DMV to issue, "North Carolina: #1 In Coal Ash!" license plates:

Coal ash from Duke Energy's Belews Creek Steam Station in Stokes County and five other places in North Carolina is contaminating the state's rivers, wetlands, creeks and ground­water, according to an analysis released yester­day by two nonprofit environmental organizations.

The six are among 31 waste sites in 14 states that Earthjustice and the Environmental Integrity Project identified as causing coal-ash contamination.

North Carolina, the Puppy Mill State

I'm surprised someone at Commerce hasn't put forward the bright idea to award economic incentive packages for this thriving industry:

Puppy mills — commercial dog-breeding operations, some with notorious reputations for animal cruelty — are moving away from neighboring states that are cracking down on them and relocating to North Carolina, where industry regulations are nearly nonexistent, animal-rights advocates told the Washington Daily News in recent interviews.

Richard Burr's brush with the FEC

In light of the recent Supreme Court decision empowering corporations to engage in wholesale electioneering in favor of specific candidates, I decided to revisit a story Greg Flynn covered back in 2008. Since it involves both state and national realty ticks, be prepared to roll down your socks and check your head after reading, to avoid any exposure to lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

Obstructionist Burr blames "logjam" on Democrats

In his newest effort to mislead voters, Richard Burr tries to shift the blame for legislative gridlock onto the other guys:

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr said Monday the November election may be the only way to break the partisan logjam in Congress.

Speaking to reporters on the day he filed for re-election, the N.C. Republican blamed most of the gridlock on Democrats, particularly what he called the "dictatorial" style of Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

If any of those reporters are reading this, follow me below the fold so you can understand the implication of this statement.

Get Out Of Our House!

This is not a joke. I mean, it is a joke, but it's not supposed to be a joke...whatever:

GOOOH stands for 'Get Out of Our House' and is pronounced like the word 'go'. It is a NON-PARTISAN plan to evict the 435 career politicians in the U.S. House of Representatives and replace them with everyday Americans just like you.

GOOOH is NOT just another political party. It is a system that will allow you and your neighbors to choose, among yourselves, the person who can best represent your district.

Non-profit seeks to profit

Now, I'm no chemist, but when you combine service to the community with service to your bank account, the resulting mix stinks to high Heaven:

A Navassa-based nonprofit plans to buy property from its own CEO to build affordable housing in Belville. The nonprofit, Countywide Community Development Corp., has an agreement with Brunswick County to develop the project at 10295 Chappell Loop Rd. Although the nonprofit's consultant, Benjamin Quattlebaum, says he doesn't see the site's ownership as a conflict of interest, Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall says he does consider it a problem.

NCCN alert: local food at risk

Received this via e-mail a few days ago:

North Carolina has a thriving and growing local, sustainable food system. Locally grown food helps to keep our environment cleaner, our rural economies more profitable, and North Carolinians healthier. However, federal legislation (Senate Bill 510) could have devastating effects on local and organic food production unless specific improvements are made to the proposal.

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