Our Environment Is In Danger
"You will not solve global climate change by hitting the delete button."- Tom Brokaw
It is clear that our environment is in trouble. Still much of our country is convinced that climate change is a hoax. Companies continue to keep profits up by carelessly discarding toxic chemicals and coal ash into our air and water. While our world literally heats up and becomes poisoned lawmakers continue to cut regulations. What could be more important than the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat? We must protect our environment for our future generations.
What's Happening in NC
Since the GOP takeover in 2010, environmental protection has taken a back seat. Politicians in Raleigh fast-tracked fracking, and even made it illegal to disclose what chemicals are being pumped into the ground. Politicians even banned state scientists from accurately calculating sea level rise, literally burying their heads in the sand on climate change. North Carolina has also had a major issue around coal ash contamination, that was first highlighted during the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill. Hundreds of residents living near toxic coal ash waste ponds currently rely on bottled water, as their wells are contaminated with known carcinogens. Politicians have refused to make Duke Energy fully clean up the coal ash pits, and state lawmakers have so far allowed Duke to pass along any clean up costs to electricity ratepayers.
More than ever we need strong environmental leadership both locally and nationally. From coal ash to climate change, simply too much is at stake.