Shiver me timbers, friends. It's twenty-three degrees and sunny. But don't worry, because Thursday is little Friday!
1. It's cold.
It will stay cold.
2. The General Assembly's Environmental Review Commission met yesterday morning. Topics of discussion
included: how to dispose of solar panels once they reach their expiration date twenty years from now, and whether
to relax North Carolina's water pollution rules for no discernible reason.
Deputy Environment Secretary Tom Reeder told the Environmental Review Commission that the Department of Environmental Quality is looking at regulations that govern buffers around smaller streams, as well as laws requiring the reduction of nutrient runoff into Falls and Jordan lakes.
The state has been directed by federal regulators to reduce runoff into those "impaired" lakes because they exceed limits for "total maximum daily load" of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphate, leading to high levels of chlorophyll-A, a type of algae. More stringent rules for Falls Lake are due to take effect in 2021, while the Jordan Lake Rules have been largely delayed since 2007.
Reeder said local governments and private citizens have spent millions so far to reduce pollution from "point sources" such as water treatment plants as well as "non-point sources" such as runoff from residential or agricultural property. But he said there's no clear evidence that the efforts are having the intended effect.
No surprise here. Tom Reeder is discouraging solar because we "don't know" how to deal with expired solar panels in twenty years, and is advocating against protecting rivers and streams. Because "current protections may not be working," or because "let's just go ahead and develop everything.$$$$"
3. Jeb Bush cheered against the Panthers because Peyton Manning gave money to Jeb!'s campaign.
He actually said this.
From The News & Observer:
Presidential candidate Jeb Bush said he supported the Denver Broncos over the Carolina Panthers in Sunday’s Super Bowl because he got a campaign contribution from Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
Bush, the former governor of Florida, explained his pick Wednesday during a campaign stop in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
“I know that y’all probably maybe had some leanings toward Carolina,” Bush told the crowd. “I was for Denver, not because of the Broncos, but because Peyton Manning wrote me a check.”
Bush continued by saying that he thinks Manning serves as “the adult in the room” in the NFL – a role Bush says he’s playing in the Republican primary contest.
That comment might not sit well with fans of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who’s faced criticism for walking away from a post-game news conference Sunday.
Federal campaign finance records show Bush received a $2,700 contribution from Manning last August.
Bad move Jeb. When it comes to the Panthers, South Carolina is basically North Carolina.
Now back to hibernating.