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A new Senate version of HB951 has appeared and it is almost as bad as the House version.  The nominally "Republican" leadership of the Senate headed by Phil Berger is betraying the Republican base as well as state electric ratepayers by pushing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez' Green New Deal or a version of it.  All of this is being pushed by the VERY "woke" utility monopoly Duke Energy.  There has also been an apparent deal with far left NC Governor Roy Cooper.

AOC's chief of staff admitted that the Green New Deal is not really about the environment, but about advancing socialism, and that is exactly what Phil Berger is doing.  The bill also tracks the game plan of the bill that the EU passed earlier this year to kowtow to Greta Thunberg.  That has already led to average power price increases across Europe of 15%, and worse in some countries like Spain.  The pain in the electric bill will continue, as Poland's prime minister projects power prices increases there by 40% next year, due to this climate alarmist crusade.

This bill commits NC to the same 50% reduction in CO2 by 2030 that the EU bill does, and 70% by 2050. (CORRECTION: the bill is worse than the EU - 70% reduction by 2030 for NC)

There are no protections against the environmental harm caused by wind turbines and solar panels, including killing birds and bats, and threats to human health identified by the World Health Organization from the ultra sound generated by wind turbines.  Nor are there any safeguards for the toxic waste generated by wind and solar.

This is being crammed through the Senate on a fast track, like it was in the House.  The new version is not yet up for the public on the legislature's website, but public hearings are scheduled for Tuesday morning.  Berger is acting like Pelosi.  Shameful.

This utter betrayal of Republican voters and ratepayers needs to be punished in upcoming primaries.  Throw the rascals OUT!

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( October 3rd, 2021 @ 9:10 pm )
Republican elected officials voting like Democrats for Democrat policy? Unfortunately, that is nothing new. Thom Tillis, Richard Burr, and Pat McCrory have been doing that for years. Seeing it in the legislature at this level is new, but should it really be unexpected? It has come to the point that a voter can no longer trust an R by a candidate's name. They have to dig deeper to find out what he or she is about. If Republicans are dumb enough to set up this electricity price increase, I will not vote for a one of them for legislative office unless I research their vote on this bill. I would like to know of other bills I should also look up. What happened in the House is enough already to sour me on GOP legislative candidates, but this Senate version of the bill is even worse. It seems to me that the same cast of legislative characters betrayed GOP voters a few years ago when they repealed HB2, and if memory serves that also involved one of these committee substitute bills.
( October 3rd, 2021 @ 8:21 am )
I have obtained a copy of the Senate HB951 and read it. In some ways it is actually worse than the House bill. It is the Green New Deal of the far left and it is a total surrender of energy policy to leftwing Democrat Roy Cooper. It is absolutely mindboggling that anyone who calls himself or herself a Republican would have anything to do with it.

The immediate past president of the Czech Republic, Dr. Vaclav Klaus, has aptly termed climate alarmism as "a budding totalitarian ideology that is the greatest threat to freedom, democracy, and prosperity in the world today". That threat is right here in North Carolina right now and it is represented by HB951.

The Senate version of HB951 sets out the climate alarmist goal of 70% reduction in "carbon emissions" by 2030, just like the Thunberg-inspired EU legislation which is already wrecking havoc with electricity prices and soon availability in Europe with a lesser 50% reduction. Unlike the House version, it leaves the details up to the Cooper-appointed Utilities Commission, giving it broad new rulemaking authority. This is handing even more power to a very leftwing and power obsessed governor. While the House version at least retained some legislative control, the Senate version hands this off in its entirety to the governor.

The goal is still the premature elimination of our cheap and dependable coal fired electric plants and replacement by expensive and unreliable wind and solar. As shown by results in other countries, this leads to big rate increases and to blackouts and brownouts. This is the Green New Deal agenda.

This bill is a declaration of war by weak Republicans against President Trump's America First agenda. President Trump got us out of the absurd Paris Climate Accords mess and all of its destructive provisions. HB951 is surrendering to the same leftwing demands that Trump steadfastly opposed. It also thumbs its nose at the Platform of the North Carolina Republican Party which opposes the Green New Deal and supports using all economic sources of energy.

HB951 undermines our great Lt. Governor Mark Robinson, who by existing statute heads the state policy council on energy, and has his head much straighter on what North Carolina needs in this respect than our idiot legislators and our power drunk ideologue of a governor. Yet Robinson and his wise counsel have been totally ignored in this process. It has all been the backroom boys of special interest lobbyists and rotten political deals looking out for what is in it for them, not the consumers. Worst of all, the rate increases will be hitting right when he runs for governor.

This bill is a declaration of war by weak Republicans against electric consumers, whose rates will go way up due to it, and the dependability of their service way down. It is a declaration of war by weak Republicans against the Republican base which wants no part of the Green New Deal. The Republican base needs to gear up and fight back against these Vichy Republican sellouts. We need to decide that any Vichy Republican who votes for HB951 is completely unacceptable as our legislator going forward and we need to identify primary challengers and help them defeat any Vichy Republicans who vote for this far left sellout bill. But the votes have not yet been cast. Lets hope that most of them come to their senses and vote to stop this Green New Deal travesty.

Who does HB951 side with? Roy Cooper, Al Gore, Joe Biden, Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, George Soros, Klaus Schwab and his totalitarian "Great Reset", Greta Thunberg, and lots of similar lefties. What genuine Republican wants to put himself or herself in their company?

We also need to forgive some of our conservative House members who got suckered the first time around. The key vote that we need to look to is the one on this Senate version. If not stopped by common sense Republicans in the Senate, it will be up to the House.

Lets not have weak Republicans give Joe Biden and Roy Cooper a big ideological win.
( October 2nd, 2021 @ 8:33 pm )
Conservative voters in North Carolina need to be locked and loaded for RINO in the next primary. So many fake Republicans are going bad on so many issues. We have "open borders Pat" McCrory who gave NC drivers licenses to DACA illegal aliens as governor running for the US Senate, who needs to be defeated. None of us wants to pay higher electric bills, so all RINOs involved with this Green New Deal bill need to be flushed down the drain, too.
( October 2nd, 2021 @ 5:07 pm )
The rumor is that Berger and his allies are also about to sell us out on the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion. Have these dudes completely lost it?

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