Thursday News: Hold your horses...

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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS STILL NOT HAPPY WITH REVAMPED ENERGY BILL: The solar industry questioned some of the bill's language, with Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association lobbyist Alex Miller saying "there could be years of expensive” litigation to clear up "ambiguities" in the bill. Miller did not elaborate, but solar companies have gone round after round with Duke in recent years over how much solar power can be added to the grid at what cost. "But, ultimately, the bill still allows Duke Energy too much room to wiggle out of carbon reductions, and we can't squeeze our noses hard enough to support it," North Carolina League of Conservation Voters lobbyist Dan Crawford said in a statement. "It would allow Duke too much power to thwart our clean energy future and pad its profits at the expense of low-income communities and North Carolinians of color, and could give Duke veto power equal to that of the Utilities Commission." Is there such a thing as a reverse bait-and-switch, where they start with something horrendous and tweak it a little? Sorry, having a bad vocabulary day.
https://www.wral.com/bold-step-bipartisan-support-for-energy-bill-as-some-worry-over-costs-ambiguiti...

Wednesday News: You don't get to do that.

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MCCRORY BACKERS HEADED TO COURT FOR MALIGNING VOTERS: A lawsuit alleging that Republican-affiliated groups falsely accused some North Carolinians of voter fraud is one step closer to going to trial before a jury. The case centers on North Carolina’s 2016 gubernatorial election, when a Republican campaign tried a strategy much like the one former President Donald Trump has employed in claiming the 2020 election was stolen from him. After preliminary results showed then-Gov. Pat McCrory lost the 2016 election, lawyers affiliated with McCrory and other supporters of his campaign accused numerous North Carolina voters, by name, of having committed fraud. Those accusations were quickly proven false, and the voters sued for libel. McCrory himself wasn’t part of the lawsuit, but his supporters have fought it, claiming they’re immune from being sued for their false voter fraud accusations. When you name names, you better have your shit together.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article254771757.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

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Monday News: Sixteen thousand, six hundred five

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NC JUST SHY OF 70% WITH AT LEAST ONE DOSE OF VACCINE: At least 1,400,217 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 16,605 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 4,963 new COVID-19 cases, up from 4,765 on Thursday. At least 2,882 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 795 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. Before Thursday, the state hadn’t reported fewer than 3,000 daily hospitalizations since Aug. 18, The News & Observer reported. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 7.9% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Most Charlotte-area employers are in favor of President Joe Biden’s call for businesses with more than 100 workers to mandate COVID-19 vaccines, a new survey finds. That's what leadership is meant to be.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article254691847.html

Sunday News: From the Editorial pages

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NC SHOULD BLOCK THIS DUKE ENERGY POWER GRAB: Finally, the most obviously imbalanced aspect of HB 951 is how Duke’s over-earning (i.e., revenue over the Commission-set return, a.k.a., windfall profits) is treated as compared to under-earning. Duke is free to keep over-earnings above its Utilities Commission-approved rate of return or profit to the tune of approximately $100 million per year. But, if Duke under-earns by even a penny, they can recoup that under-earning. This is blatantly imbalanced and, once again, advantageous only to the monopoly utility. NO reciprocity. It is hard to see why any state legislator – Republican or Democrat – would find voting for House Bill 951 to be in the best interest of his or her constituents due to the bill’s dramatic imbalance in favor of Duke Energy at the expense of North Carolinians. HB 951 would take an electricity regulation regime that already unfairly favors the monopoly utility and make it even worse. And Duke is structured so they can easily jigger the numbers to make it look like they lost money here or there.
https://www.wral.com/ken-cuccinelli-n-c-should-block-this-duke-energy-power-grab/19898365/

Saturday News: Unconscionable

DURHAM LANDLORD REFUSES RENTAL ASSISTANCE, WANTS TO EVICT 150+: “This was an act of God, something out of everyone’s control,” Jones said. “He needs to accept this assistance. Like half of us won’t make it, if he doesn’t take this assistance.” Of the 160 tenants that have applied for aid, he’s only completed his portion of the application for two of them, which are under review by the county. He told the magistrate in court last week multiple times that’s he not accepting aid from the program. Durham’s program is funded by rental assistance in the December stimulus from Congress. Federal guidelines allow aid to go directly to tenants if landlords refuse after a reasonable effort is made to convince them otherwise. But the county said the best way to keep the aid disbursement accountable is to require landlords to participate. The County has a responsibility to those tenants, and shouldn't allow this jerk to control the process like this.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article254471218.html

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