Kudos to Pricey Harrison

N.C. bill aims to outlaw coal mined by removing mountaintops""
By John Murawski | Raleigh News & Observer

"Half the coal burned by Progress Energy's and Duke Energy's power plants would become illegal in North Carolina under legislation proposed Tuesday by state Rep. Pricey Harrison.

The Guilford County Democrat wants to outlaw importation of coal that has been extracted by a controversial form of strip mining known as mountaintop removal. The process involves blowing up several hundred feet of mountaintop to expose embedded veins of coal."

many have seen Kilowatt ours....a film that depicts the cost of mountaintop removal to provide you and me with cheap electricity. See it if you have not. There are costs to getting cheap coal that are not borne by its users.

Important issue.

Updated by James with link to the N&O story.


This is a litmus test issue for Pat McCoal

The man who would be governor ... I wonder where he stands on the practice of blowing up million-year-old mountains to get coal that will poison our environment with acid rain and mercury.

Harrison's Bill

My hunch and it is only a hunch is that there will be very few people going with Harrison. Her bill is right but there are so many issues with coal right now. The best coal is out west and the railroads, a monopoly, will not move it. This is an issue several members of congress can enlighten you on. so, the best coal, cannot be moved so in the east, these tactics are surfacing. Electricity costs are going up due to coal and other fuel cost increases. But the political contributions of Duke and Progress Energy will speak loudly to legislators, probably louder than what is right. I doubt McCrory will speak to this issue as it will be clouded over well before that. Perdue would likely have a tough time too given the coal mining family and if McCrory answers, people will press Perdue to answer.

This is one of the issues in the east with Electricities. Coal prices drive up electric and the cities are already disproportionately higher so new increases push us out of the realm of reasonableness. The renewable issue is a good one, but it poses a cost problem to the cities with so few people to spread the costs over as opposed to the big companies.

These issues are why it is so darned annoying that on top of all the energy issues we face in this country, 500,000 people in NC, many in eastern NC, have to bear additional costs of incompetence at ElectriCities. If you tell me to pay 2% for renewable energy, I am good with it, but when you tell me to pay 2% for Jesse Tilton pushing on a refinancing of the debt (and his dinners with the investment firms, etc) and then he comes back and says oops I made a bad deal and the interest rate is soaring so it will cost you $10 million, then no I am not willing to let him off the hook or pay the 2%.

Al Manning, retiree, native of eastern NC and proud of it, plenty of time to read, research and get annoyed about the lack of accountability in elected leaders these days. Married to a real southern lady and we live with two labs and two airedales who run

Pricey is an ethical leader.

She tries to do the right thing whether it's popular or not.

Cheers to Pricey not just for this bill, but for her legislation standing up for justice for immigrant children and their chance for an education.

Dan Besse

Dan Besse