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Lisa Finaldi is the former National Campaigns Director for Greenpeace US.

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The Sunday News and Observer front page story about hydraulic drilling for natural gas (known as fracking) missed some important collateral damage that North Carolinians could face if dangerous fracking were permitted in our state. Combine this with what we already know about the threats to groundwater and one has to wonder why Republican General Assembly Representatives Bob Rucho, Kelly Hastings and Mike Hager are still pushing it. Read More

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A great editorial in today’s NY Times from Paul Krugman where he slices and dices the Republican analysis that environmental regulations are taking jobs and killing the economy.

“…there are a number of industries inflicting environmental damage that’s worth more than the sum of the wages they pay and the profits they earn — which means, in effect, that they destroy value rather than create it. ”

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/21/opinion/party-of-pollution.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha212

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You’ve probably read that Duke Energy is requesting a 17.4% rate hike for residential customers and a 14% rate hike for businesses to pay for its new nuclear and coal plants. This comes after an 8% increase last year. All the while, Duke’s profits for 2010 were $1.3 million, up 23% from 2009 and CEO Jim Rogers made $8.8 million.

If approved, this rate hike will cost the average residential household an extra $200/year. It’s time for consumers to speak out against the rate hikes and demand a new path for Duke Energy. Read More

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State legislation passed this year requires the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to study land-based hydraulic fracturing for drilling oil and gas. Fracking, as the method is commonly known, is currently illegal in North Carolina. Our legislators are spending $100,000 on the study, many of whom are intent on lifting the ban. Public comments are now being taken by DENR on a draft outline for the study and the first of two mandated public hearings was held last night in Sanford.

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