The N.C. Conservation Network has posted what they view as the most pressing environmental issues of the N.C. Legislature's short session. This is a good guide of what to keep our Democratic legislature's feet to the fire on this year:
Energy efficiency. North Carolina residents currently pay over $10 billion dollars each year to import coal and natural gas from other states. Energy demand is expected to grow faster than population over the next several decades and our utilities have proposed to meet this demand by building new polluting power plants and burning more fossil fuels – but there’s a better way...
This year, advocates are pushing a package of energy efficiency measures to improve appliance efficiency, provide for super-efficient state buildings, and mine efficiency gains before allowing new power plants.
Land conservation. North Carolina loses natural space at the rate of over 100,000 acres annually. Meanwhile population growth is placing heavy pressure on existing natural landscapes to be developed.
We are asking the state to invest in land conservation and water quality protection through a general obligation bond that will raise $200 million a year, for five years.
Advocates are urging legislators to join 11 other states and Canada in adopting clean car standards. Over time these standards will reduce ozone and cancer-causing pollution from cars on North Carolina’s roads. Click here for more information.
Groundwater protection. Roughly two million North Carolinians get their drinking water from small, private wells.
This year, advocates are urging the state to test wells around known contamination ‘hot spots’ to protect well users’ health. In addition, we are urging that well construction standards be enforced consistently across the state, and that the state require testing of well water when property changes hands. We will be addressing this issue during Clean Water Lobby Day.
Landfills. Eastern North Carolina has been targeted by waste companies for the development of municipal solid waste and construction & demolition landfills. Most of these sites would be importing trash from other states.
We think this type of economic development is wrong for eastern North Carolina.
Go check the original for more information and ways to help.