Asheville– As Congress deliberates on the federal budget, a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center analysis, entitled Death by a Thousand Cuts, exposes the challenges facing the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Smokies and other national parks and forests as a result of mounting funding cuts to the National Park Service.
Raleigh, NC—With critical federal tax incentives set to expire on December 31, coastal businesses and state officials joined Environment North Carolina, the National Wildlife Federation, Southern Environmental Law Center, and over 230 other organizations and elected officials Wednesday to urge the Obama administration to take swift, bold action to facilitate the development of offshore wind power along the North Carolina coast. The announcement comes on the heels of Gov. Pat McCrory’s recent statements in support of opening up the North Carolina coast for offshore drilling.
As the future of fracking in North Carolina hangs in the balance, the Mining and Energy Commission, the regulatory body that will decide how fracking is regulated should it be allowed in the state, met today to discuss rules on disclosing toxic chemicals that are used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
“The use of toxic, and even cancer- causing, chemicals is just the reality of fracking,” said Liz Kazal, field associate with Environment North Carolina. “Disclosing what toxic chemicals used during the process will not do anything to actually protect the people of North Carolina from chemical exposure; the best way to protect our drinking water is to avoid pumping these toxic chemicals into the ground in the first place. That’s why we support a permanent ban on fracking.”
Raleigh, NC– As states up and down the east coast move forward with plans to develop wind farms off their shores, North Carolina continues to lag behind according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina. While North Carolina has more offshore wind potential than any other Atlantic state, the state is falling behind in taking advantage of this clean, homegrown energy source.
Charlotte, NC – On the heels of recent flooding in Charlotte and throughout the state, a new report from Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center ranks power plants across the country for carbon pollution, a leading cause of global warming. Three of the nation’s 50 dirtiest power plants, including the Marshall Plant just north of Charlotte, are located in North Carolina, according to the study. Overall, power plants are the state’s largest single source of the pollution that has been linked to extreme weather like droughts, more intense hurricanes, and flooding.
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