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Re: “A Wake County Woman Complained to Government Officials About the Shotwell Landfill. The Landfill’s Attorney Told Her, “This Has to Stop.”

Ahh, don't you love lawyers and how they write. Think carefully about the sentence "Your communication of false or misleading information is in fact actionable." The key word is "actionable". Well frankly, anything is actionable. You can file suit against anyone for anything if you're willing to pay the filing fee. The question is whether a jury would find the information to be, as the lawyer asserts, "false or misleading" -- and even if it does, would the jury find that the plaintiff had in fact suffered a loss as a direct consequence. Lots of gaps there. Lawyers write these kinds of letters all the time.

As Henry Gondorf said in The Sting: Hell, kid, they don't do that, you know you're not getting to 'em.

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Posted by ct on 05/11/2017 at 2:20 AM

Re: “Is Raleigh Plan to Revamp Citizens Advisory Councils a Boon for Residents—or Developers?

The CAC system is not perfect, but until there is clarity on how the CEB would work it's impossible to support the change.

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:19 PM

Re: “Excitement Mounts for the Raleigh City Elections. (What, You Haven’t Noticed?)

Who are Miller and her supporters targeting: Stephenson or Baldwin? And why?

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Critics Say Duke Energy Is Trying to Roll Back Regulations and Corner the Market on Solar Development

Although people may dislike what John Trololo wrote, from an objective engineering viewpoint he is correct about the unpredictability and uncontrollability of solar compared to large point-source generators. The electric grid is already complex, dynamic, and fragile to a worrisome extent. That's why we have unplanned blackouts over large areas from time to time. In some respects it's a miracle that the grid (actually a collection of grids) works as well as it does. People do lose sleep over this type of thing.

Solar makes the problem worse because clouds and precipitation can substantially reduce solar output at a given farm several times each hour. These short-term fluctuations in output are very tricky to handle in the grid, which was designed to handle a relatively small number of sources of electricity instead of hundreds. Well-intentioned academics have been working hard for decades to solve these instability problems. They've made headway but there is a long way to go.

I support solar as much as anyone, but let's not kid ourselves. An isolated solar project here and there is no worry, but scaling solar up to 30-50% of NC consumption has serious challenges. You want the grid operator to be in that loop. At the end of the day, it's Duke that has to make sure that the grid is stable and manageable.

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Posted by ct on 05/10/2017 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Sticker Shock: Why Does the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project Suddenly Cost $3.3 Billion?

It's valid to ask how did the price tag get to $3.3B, but the more important question is how much more will it grow.

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Posted by ct on 04/12/2017 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Roy Cooper Announces He’s Signed Fake HB 2 Repeal, Get Your Air Horns Ready

Hard-core conservatives were never going to compromise. They represent districts where Amendment One passed by over 70% (in some districts, by as much as 85%). There are enough hard-core conservatives in the General Assembly to block anything more progressive than what Cooper negotiated, and they don't care how many jobs in the Triangle are lost or how many sports tournaments go elsewhere. A deplorable situation? Yes, but it's the political reality today.

You don't get to vote in the districts where the hard-core conservatives come from. To get a more progressive policy in the General Assembly, you must change the hearts and minds of voters in those districts. It's tough work. You won't achieve your goal by expecting Cooper to wave a magic wand and do the hard work for you.

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Posted by ct on 03/31/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “After Fifteen Years, the Michael Peterson Case Concludes But Provides Little Closure

He did it. Not a doubt in my mind. I knew them both and I've walked down the stairway.

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Posted by ct on 03/01/2017 at 5:10 PM

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