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Head slap time: Senator Hagan swings and misses at coal ash soft ball

Kay HaganAs part of announcing her candidacy for reelection yesterday, Senator Kay Hagan weighed in on the ongoing Duke Energy coal ash disaster that continues to unfold just a few miles down the road from her Greensboro home. You would have thought it would have been a moment on which the embattled Senator would have seized in order to pillory her Republican critics. Heck, it’s not that hard to envision a scenario in which she would have announced her campaign wearing waders in some Dan River muck!

Here’s what she said, instead, about the coal ash crisis as reported by WRAL.com:

“We’ve got to have oversight on the handling, the disposal and the storage of coal ash. When you think that just a broken pipe has caused this amount of leakage, and we know that we have 36 coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is a serious issue, and we need to study it.”

I’m sorry, Senator. Did you say we need to study the matter? Study??!!

Earth to Kay Hagan: We know what to do about this problem. It’s already being done in South Carolina for Pete’s sake!  North Carolina doesn’t need more study; it needs immediate action and leadership from public officials who care more about the people and environment of the state than the big money campaign contributions of Duke Energy.

One would have thought that a veteran politician like Senator Hagan — someone who’s been in public office for 15 years — would have at least grasped the politics of the current situation (even if the science and policy matters escaped her). Unfortunately (and quite amazingly), this does not appear to be the case.

5 Comments


  1. Gene Hoglan

    February 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Surely the tens of thousands Duke Energy’s given her campaign has no effect her response to questions about their activities.

  2. GOP Rules

    February 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    That and the fact that this has been an issue stalled by her side just as much as her “Republican critics”.

  3. Anonymous

    February 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Two head slaps…

  4. ML

    February 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I agree that we need tougher regulators and tougher regulation.

    Gop thanks for the second head shap…

  5. Kenan Wayne Kirkman

    March 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Every Member of our Legislature need to force DUKE ENERGY TO FIX THIS COAL ASH PROBLEM, NOW
    MANY PEOPLE OLD AND YOUNG ARE ALL READY SUFFERING FROM THE WATER WE DRINK AND THE ENVIRONMENT WE HAVE HAD TO LIVE IN FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS.
    DUKE HAS KNOW FOR YEARS OF THIS PROBLEM. THEY HAVE TRIED TO SCATTER IT ON BALL FIELDS AND PARKING LOTS FOR MANY YEARS.
    WE MUST HAVE A PERMANENT SOLUTION TO DISPOSE OF THIS KILLER OF LEFT OVER COAL. NOW!

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