Disastrous rollback of environmental protection laws continues

Jordan lakeIt’s gotten to the point where scarcely a day goes by at the North Carolina General Assembly in which the honorables don’t work to repeal some basic environmental protection law or rule. Yesterday the good people at the Sierra Club were forced to issue two statements decrying actions by lawmakers to reverse modest, common sense rules to help protect our air and water:

#1 - NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks

RALEIGH – Tonight the NC House passed H 201, Reinstate 2009 Energy Conservation Codes.  The initial version of H 201 rolled back standards for both residential and commercial buildings.  However, the residential provisions were removed from the bill and, the version of H 201 that passed the House tonight would revert the Energy Conservation Code for commercial buildings back to 2009 levels. The result would be that new commercial buildings in North Carolina would be 30% less efficient than they are now required to built.

Upon the bill’s passage in the NC House, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“Energy use in buildings accounts for 70% of electricity use. Reducing energy consumption keeps our air cleaner and puts more money in our pockets.”  

“While we are relieved that the residential provisions came out of the bill, making commercial buildings less energy efficient is a big step backward.  Less efficient commercial buildings are more costly to operate and those costs will be passed on to the public.”

#2 – NC Sierra Club Statement on Effort to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

RALEIGH – Earlier today the Senate Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources Committee approved a PCS for S 515 that repeals rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake, a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.

Upon the committee’s actions, Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

“This is the first time that the legislature has proposed repealing measures to clean up a troubled major drinking water source, with nothing to put in its place other than a commission of legislators to come up with a new plan.”

“There seems to be some magical thinking that legislators will find a technology that will clean up the lake without responsible parties upstream having to control their pollution into the lake.”   

 

 

5 Comments

  1. P Parsons

    May 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

    “Honorables” being an oxymoron, these folks should be run out of town. I hope they will soon see that their true legacy is one that brings shame on them and embarrassment to those who voted them in.

  2. Doug

    May 15, 2013 at 11:00 am

    There is no way to know if it will be a disaster at this point. It will take years or even decades to see any real difference. This hysteria by the Sierra Club is what would be expected from a leftist envriowhacko group. Also, the current environmental burdens are typically quite stringent and burdensome as it is. Additional burdens only serve to keep politicians micro managing at the detriment of their constituents. Otherwise, why don’t we just do away with the bloated EPA and let the local governments deal with it. From a group that typically wants the end-all-be-all to be the Federal authorities, I would think this would have the site and enviroweenies to be positively orgasmic. I guess you like federal control….unless you can get even more oppressive at the local level.

  3. david esmay

    May 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Yes, in the right-wing fever swamp, access to clean water and air is hysterical.

  4. gregflynn

    May 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

    “leftist envriowhacko group”? State Representative Chuck McGrady (R) is a former national president of the Sierra Club.

  5. Ken (EEI)

    May 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I wonder what Chuck McGrady has to say about the dismantling of our state’s environmental regulations because as director of Sierra Club back in 1998, here is what he had to say about to members of the US House of Representatives stop all commercial logging on federal lands;

    “At a time when many in Congress are trying to undermine existing environmental laws that protect our forests through stealthy backdoor provisions buried in massive budget bills, Representatives Leach and McKinney have shown true bi-partisan leadership in support of our environment and American taxpayers”