I spent a long time on Sunday night and Monday morning trying to get my thoughts together on what I witnessed. You can read my take on the situation here:
Also please note that while Riddle's (and everyone else's) tax bill came "DUE" on 9/1/11, it will not be "OVERDUE" until early January. Probably about half of all taxpayers in OC have 2011 taxes that are unpaid at the moment.
I agree that coal should not be a part of America's long-term energy plan. However, one of the worst parts of North Carolina's energy system is the selective monopoly held by private corporations. The people of North Carolina have little say in how Duke Energy and Progress Energy are run. These companies do what is best (in the short term) for their investors and they care about nothing else.
UNC is in the enviable position of not being at their mercy (unlike the rest of us). Carolina has its own power plant. True, it could be better and I hope emissions will continue to be reduced. Hopefully UNC will transition further into sustainable energy.
So it makes sense for us as environmental activists to keep the pressure on UNC to be a good steward of our environment, but I think we need to get real about some aspects of this situation. I am certain that Chancellor Holden Thorp is far more interested in and concerned about this issue than anyone at Duke Energy.
If there's someone that deserves the scorn of North Carolinians, it is Duke Energy's President and CEO James E. Rogers (or Progress Energy's CEO Bill Johnson for that matter), not Chancellor Thorp.
PS None of that excuses any sort of stanewalling of the media. I don't know if that is really what UNC was doing in this case, but know this UNC: We are watching that issue, too. The public records law is not just for records that the government wants to release. It is also for embarassing and humbling information too.
I'm just saying that the sad truth is that Perdue and McCrory's positions are very similar on immigration as well as a host of other progressive issues - they are both far, far from progressive. But still ya'll give the nod to Perdue because she is the anti-immigrant, pro-offshore drilling candidate with a D behind her name. To me, that's just not logical. Especially given Perdue's connections to dubious characters on the state Board of Transportation.
Here's the ALIPAC discussion forum:
ALIPAC (which is the 287-g Kool Aid crowd) seems to think McCrory is soft on immigration and that Perdue is promising a crack down on 'illegal' immigrants. Besides, this week's cover story in the Independent really makes the case clear that Perdue is not a promising agent for change. McCrory has his shortcomings, but he also has some serious strengths as a Good Government candidate.
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