It's Climate Change Week at BlueNC

Ok, I just unilaterally declared it "Climate Change Week," which I guess makes me a decider.

It's going to be a while before we get real action out of the US Congress on climate change, but the states can move faster and, in some cases, more effectively to curb carbon emissions and encourage the small lifestyle changes that can make a big difference. All week this week I'm going to be bugging you to take some political Viagra and get it on w/r/t NC action on climate change. All week. So you might as well give in and spend five minutes on this today.

Here's what I'm asking.

1. Figure out who represents you in the NC House and Senate (there will be one person in each chamber). It doesn't matter if they're (D) or (R); we want to hear what they have to say.

2. Drop them a line. (Click here to write your representative in the NC House; click here to write your NC Senator.) Here's a suggested email: "If you're back for the 2007 legislative session, what will you do to make NC a leader in the effort to slow global warming?"

3. Share. Come back here and tell us about your email and any responses in the comments. Then click the "email this page" link here or at the bottom of this post and send a link to this post to your friends.

That's it. That's all I'm going to ask of you all week. If you go ahead and do it, you'll be able to ignore me for the next four days without that nagging voice in the back of your mind saying "but he's right, you know; you should listen to Lance!"


Took My Own Medicine

I even forwarded this post to four folks who aren't regular BlueNC readers but who I think will probably want to take action on global warming. I sent slightly wordier versions of the email I described above to Alice Bordsen (D, Awesome) in the House and Hugh Webster (R, 'Nuff Said) in the Senate. I'll let you know what I hear back!


Funnily enough Webster supported the Energy Independence Act in committee last week. He said he didn't want any of his Republican colleagues thinking he was taking a sharp left turn but thought it was a good bill.

Excellent idea.

I'll be doing this at lunch today! :)

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Lance, I'm going to hijack

your topic. I think that I will put this question on the state rep questionnaire I'm putting together.

Do you think that we could also make it a goal to get some more great questions like this for our state reps and senators? This is one of the many projects I have going that keeps getting shoved aside and I could really use some help.

I don't mean we shouldn't email this question today. We absolutely should. If every single rep/sen hears from someone this week about this topic, then they see it in a quesionnaire at another time, they might just get the idea that this is important to their constituents.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I love the idea of a questionnaire

And I think it's an idea worthy of its own thread. Post something with what you've got so far, and invite folks to offer some other questions!

I wrote: My family is

I wrote:

My family is concerned about the policies our state has to address the harmful environmental effects of global warming. We are currently putting solar panels on our home to do our part to decrease energy dependence, but this solution is financially out of the reach of most North Carolinians. Car you clarify your own efforts to pass laws ot address this issue? Thank you and I look forward to your response.

I will post any replies.


I'll let you know what I get back from the Durham delegation.

Speaking of the environment

This gem from our DINOs.

Billboard deal on hold

A legislative proposal to cut more trees for better billboard-viewing is dead for this year.

The billboard industry and Rep. Nelson Cole, a Reidsville Democrat, want to increase tree-cutting around billboards to keep the ads in drivers' view twice as long. State regulations now allow trees to be removed along a 250-foot stretch in front of billboards. The bill would double that to 500 feet.

The state Board of Transportation rejected the billboard industry's proposal for additional cutting this year.

Cole trimmed the tree-cutting provision from a larger bill into which he inserted it this session. He said a standing committee on transportation will study the issue.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

which is another great place..

to put solar panels. Every billboard could be made of solar-absorbing material, if such a thing could be painted.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I'm thinking that a coat of paint

keeps the solar from getting to the panel. :)

On top, though, that's a place you could put the panels. I'd love a bill that required that all billboards be lit exclusively using energy captured by panels on that billboard. That would provide an infusion of corporate money into an industry that could use a kickstart.

heat vs. light

is the question. Do we capture "light" or heat. heat can transfer through paint, perhaps not efficiently enough.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Lighting Billboards

I think that ALL billboards should be lit with a torch and burned to the ground!

assuming THAT won't happen

the solar panel idea is a good one.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Amen to that

Can't see the forest
for the billboards

heard back already!

My Senator, Ellie Kinnaird, wrote back: Thanks for your email on this important topic. I voted for the NC Global Warming Act and support it whole-heartedly. I will make sure Senate Leader Basnight knows that it is important that the Senate finalize the NC Global Warming Act before we adjourn.

As for all the solar panels talk, when I saw them on my son's orphanage in China, I realized how far behind we were getting. Oh, I hate billboards, too. Well, until I am lost and looking for a sign to someplace.


I never hear back. But then, I've been working on something else and haven't emailed yet. I will do so now.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Climate Change

If you can get to Asheville on July 29, you can virtually meet Al Gore:

in partnership with the NC Conservation Network

invites you to join us for a special screening of
An Inconvenient Truth

followed by a three-city iChat Forum
with Vice President Al Gore
via Apple iChat videoconference technology

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, movie begins at 4pm,
iChat forum begins at 6pm
WHERE: Asheville-Buncombe Tech. C.C., Fergusson Auditorium

Entry is free but RSVP is required to

For more information, visit

My Letter to Senator

Senator Kinnaird,
As the election approaches in November, and as you are running unopposed, and as you represent two extremely Democratic counties (Orange 53/22 Dem/Rep; Person 58/26 Dem/Rep), I would hope that you will begin pushing for a more Progressive agenda in the state legislature. It is up to districts like Orange/Person to push the most Progressive agenda possible. Among the issues that are foremost in the minds of Progressive North Carolinians right now, none is in the news more than climate change and global warming. Now, with temperatures in the 100s, gas in the $3s, and war in Iraq, people are more willing to change than ever.

I came from a small, conservative town in Pennsylvania. That town is now pushing for windmills and solar panels because Pennsylvania has become a part of the Apollo Alliance and jobs have begun to spring up near where they live in these industries. If the minds of these coal miners and loggers can be changed, then the minds of North Carolinians can be changed. But, only if we fight the fight.

Thank you.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

The response.

Thank you for your email. We passed the Global Warming Commission, The
Energy Independence Act that requires water and energy conservation in
state facilities and alternate fuel for state vehicles. The energy
Policy Council, on which I am a member, works in many areas, including
low-income home weatherization, and alternate energy industry. Ellie

Senator Ellie Kinnaird
Room 2115
phone 919 733-5804

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Harris Blake answered

My rep is in the 22nd's his answer

Thank you for your recent email concerning global warming.

I have supported a bill that would set up a study committee that would
look at what North Carolina can do to reduce global warming.

I would like to talk to you about this. I called your phone number and
haven't been able to reach you. Look forward to talking with you about
this important issue.

Most Sincerely,
Harris Blake
22nd. District

I emailed him my cell # just in-case he doesn't want to wait till 5:30 p.m. when i get home!

Response from NC House 14th District...

Really just irritates the living...out of me.

My question...

Mr. Cleveland,

Should you be re-elected for the 2007 Legislative session,
what actions will you take to, as a leader in North Carolina,
to to slow global warming?

His response...

Mr. Brock - Do you really think that anything NC does will
effect Global Warming?

I'm about fifteen ways from losing my freakin' temper here...

Thomas S. Brock


What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Please, please, please

tell me this is a Republican...I'm going to check...but please....let it be a Republican.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

I have three responses

First, if he is a Republican, make him an endangered one.
Two, if he is a Democrat, make him a target for 2008.
Three, give him a list of things he could do that would change global warming. Let him see that some states are actually being leaders and not followers when it comes to global warming. Contact the Apollo Alliance with this message and ask for their help.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

That's a relief....

I can think of one thing we can do. We can deflate his fat hot air balloon that serves as his head.

sounds mature? I got that from my 10 year old.... :) (She was talking about Bush)

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Sea, oh, too, late

My proposal for all those who don't believe in Global Warming is to invite them to party on the edge of a glacier or an ice shelf in Greenland or Antarctica.