An Action Alert from our friends at the NC Conservation Network:
Amid the fracking madness last week, state legislators passed three terrible bills – House Bill 819 (H8191), Senate Bill 229 (S2292), and House Bill 953 (H9533) – and we need your help to urge Governor Perdue to veto all three. Email her today: http://action.ncconservationnetwork.org/VetoThreeBills
H819 requires that for the next four years North Carolina ignore scientific predictions of a rapid rise in sea level. Some legislators clearly hope to instead adopt the pseudo-science of special interest groups and climate change deniers. Perhaps even more concerning are S229 and H953. S229 is a bill chock full of loopholes and rollbacks for polluters, while H953 delays cleanup of pollution in the Jordan Lake watershed.
Some state legislators have shown us clearly that they’d rather listen to special interest groups than scientists and health experts. Representative Deborah Ross summed up H819, which has been ridiculed across the nation:
“This bill is basically like saying to your doctor, ‘Don’t do any tests on me, and if you do any tests and find something wrong, don’t tell me for four years,'” state Representative Deborah Ross, a Democrat, said. “By putting our heads in the sand literally, we are not helping property owners. We are hurting them. We are not giving them information they might need to protect their property. Ignorance is not bliss. It’s dangerous.”4
S229 is a laundry list of exemptions for polluters including: weakening NC’s strong water basin quality program; exemptions for compost facilities from stormwater rules; and ambiguous language limiting local control over buffers that protect clean water. H953 has a number of bad environmental proposals, most notable a two year delay in pollution controls for new development in the Jordan Lake watershed.
Tell Governor Perdue to veto these 3 bills and put North Carolina back on the right track.
NC Conservation Network