Not Renewable: Robeson County opposed to new wood pellet plant

This needs to be stopped in its tracks:

A proposed wood pellet plant faces vehement opposition from many Robeson County residents, including elected officials, and environmental advocates, who say the facility would not only pollute the air, but also would be financially risky and environmentally unjust.

The NC Department of Environmental Quality held a virtual public hearing Monday night to receive formal comments on a draft air permit for the plant, owned and operated by Active Energy Renewable Power, in Lumberton. More than 125 people attended, and of the roughly 50 who spoke, just four asked DEQ to approve the air permit; three of them were affiliated with the company.

NC has already lost over a hundred thousand acres of forests due to this industry, and we are now the biggest exporter of wood pellets in the world. Aside from the permitting issues of this newest plant, the cumulative effect on our state needs to be analyzed. Not just by advocates, but by DEQ itself. And let's not forget the environmental justice aspects:

Wednesday News: Insidious

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DR. FAUCI ISSUES WARNING ABOUT NC'S INCREASE IN COVID 19 POSITIVES: “When you have those kinds of increases, you must implement on the ground as effectively as possible the manpower, the system, the tests to do identification, isolation and contact tracing to try and blunt that surge of cases,” he said. “Hopefully that will be successful in the blunting of those cases, because if not, then you have the danger of having a gradual, insidious increase in community spread, which will be much more difficult to contain as the community spread amplifies itself.” There were 848 new cases of COVID-19 reported Tuesday by DHHS. The positive rate of tests for the virus was 10%, DHHS reported. The death total from coronavirus in the state was 1,251, according to DHHS, with 28 new deaths.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article243731677.html

Day 97

The last few days have brought despair. I feel like I'm witnessing the saddest show in history, an epic tragedy unspooling before our eyes.

Decisions ordinarily made in collaboration have become permanent pissing contests. Open this. Close that. Fuck you. No lives matter.

Who wouldn't like to see some gyms and bars open? I'd gladly go along IF they commit to distancing and wearing masks. But they won't . Masks infringe on their rights to spread infection. And besides, the infection's not that bad. Barely 150,000 dead. Not enough people to justify stifling the economy.

Tuesday News: Petty retribution

ANGRY ABOUT CONFEDERATE STATUE REMOVALS, REPUBLICANS HOLD AFRICAN-AMERICAN MONUMENT HOSTAGE: Over the weekend, protesters brought down two Confederate statues on the grounds of the North Carolina Capitol building in downtown Raleigh and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered the rest of the Confederate statues at the Capitol removed as well. On Monday in the state legislature, Republicans put a pause on discussion of funding monuments to African Americans on the Capitol grounds and another block downtown. A week after $4 million in funding for the proposed monuments passed the Senate easily in a surprise vote, the money was set to be discussed in a House committee Monday, but was pulled from the agenda. “I do disagree with mob violence. I do disagree with simply relinquishing control of state property regardless of what’s on the property, to be destroyed. It’s going to be a greater discussion,” Saine said. Saine said it’s not up to him to decide how long that “pause” will be.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article243721362.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

All hands on deck tomorrow:

They better not start back with their tricks during this pandemic, but I don't trust them to grasp how inappropriate that would be.

Day 96

A month ago, I fell from a ladder and hurt my wrist badly. I couldn't tell if it was broken or sprained, so I looked online for everything I could find to figure things out. I learned that ice should be applied, no matter what, and that the situation would be more clear in a few days.

Without covid, I probably would have gone to the doctor and gotten an xray. I didn't do either. My wrist is slowly recovering (still hurts), and I'm wearing a brace I bought online for $16. I'll give it another month before I worry too much.

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