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Duke Energy havoc: The unaddressed coal ash crisis and McCrory’s ethics problems
Posted By Rob Schofield On August 19, 2014 @ 6:41 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
This morning’s Weekly Briefing tries to bring readers up to date on the sad state of North Carolina’s coal ash debate and the surprising — and potentially tragic — lack of action by state leaders to confront Duke Energy and protect the public’s well-being.
One important side story to the coal ash crisis that it does not get into, however, is the increasingly absurd saga of Gov. McCrory’s failure to report his Duke Energy holdings on required state ethics forms. Fortunately, Sunday’s Charlotte Observer editorial page  took care of that issue pretty comprehensively:
“We’re not sure which is most upsetting:
• That Gov. Pat McCrory owned a substantial amount of Duke Energy stock for his first 15 months in office, including for two months after Duke’s massive coal ash spill, even though that posed an obvious conflict of interest as the utility lobbied the administration hard on all kinds of matters.
• That McCrory filed an inaccurate report with the State Ethics Commission, saying he didn’t own any Duke stock as of Dec. 31, 2013, when in fact he did. Doing so reveals either a desire to mislead or gross incompetence by him and his general counsel.
• That McCrory still doesn’t get it. The governor maintains “we haven’t broken any rules” when that is indisputably untrue. He says he is “amazed” at the questions surrounding his mistake, fully unable to comprehend that it’s a matter most North Carolinians consider newsworthy.”
Read the rest of the editorial by clicking here .
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Coal-ash-clean-up.jpg
 This morning’s Weekly Briefing : http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/2014/08/19/the-great-coal-ash-blunder/
 Sunday’s Charlotte Observer editorial page: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/08/16/5109117/mccrorys-mishandling-of-his-duke.html#.U_Mn2mP4Imd
 Environmental group says no guarantee of cleanup in state Senate’s coal ash plan : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/06/16/n-c-senate-leaders-offer-up-new-coal-ash-plan-leading-environment-groups-says-it-wont-guarantee-cleanup-of-toxic-sludge/
 Supreme Court approves Duke Energy rate hike : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/20/supreme-court-approves-duke-energy-rate-hike/
 House coal ash bill falls well short of what’s necessary : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/07/03/house-coal-ash-bill-falls-well-short-of-whats-necessary/
 Editorial critical of latest DENR-Duke shenanigans : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/10/07/editorial-critical-of-latest-denr-duke-shenanigans/
 Advocates, experts: Coal ash compromise legislation falls short : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/08/20/advocates-experts-coal-ash-compromise-is-an-empty-promise/
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