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Dix Park Agreement Moves Forward

The city of Raleigh and the state legislature appear to have reached an initial compromise on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus property. The ongoing battle between the city and state focuses on the deal that was signed by former Governor Beverly Perdue, which leased the 325-acre property to the City of Raleigh for development into a ‘destination park.’ The original Senate Bill (SB334) on the issue would have dissolved the lease entirely, allowing the state to take back the property through condemnation powers. This was met with immediate threats of lawsuits, and so a rewritten version of the bill was passed unanimously yesterday in the House Judiciary Committee.

Initial Agreement Reached on Dorothea Dix Property

By: Jack Tarpey The city of Raleigh and the state legislature appear to have reached an initial compromise on the future of the Dorothea Dix campus property. The ongoing battle between the city and state focuses on the deal that was signed by former Governor Beverly Perdue, which leased the 325-acre property to the City of Raleigh for development into a ‘destination park.’
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Climate Change: Do the politics reflect public opinion?

By: Jack Tarpey - The most recent installment of Ira Glass’ “This American Life” highlights a concerning trend with regards to public opinion and the politics of climate change. It is no mystery that there exists a significant portion of the population that holds climate change to be a “myth,” or “inaccurate science,” or even in some cases a “liberal conspiracy.” This week’s episode however, focuses on an even more disturbing phenomenon related to the action (or inaction, as it appears to be) that is taken on climate change.
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The fantasy of the clean-water fairy

By Stephen T. Smith - It is fantasy thinking to pretend that Jordan Lake will somehow clean itself up if the General Assembly repeals upstream pollution controls as proposed in Senate Bill 515, which the N.C. Senate passed last week. Jordan Lake provides drinking water to the growing cities of Cary, Apex and Morrisville, as well as to Western Wake and Chatham counties. In addition to serving as a crucial water supply, Jordan Lake is a major North Carolina asset for fish and wildlife conservation and for a wide range of recreation activities easily accessible to several million North Carolina citizens, taxpayers and voters.
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Senate Bills Meet Crossover Deadline

 

By: Jack Tarpey

On Wednesday, the NC Senate passed two bills marking serious rollbacks for environmental protections in North Carolina. With the crossover deadline rapidly approaching, the passage of these bills in the Senate means they will be eligible to be heard in the House at any time for the rest of this session.

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NC Sierra Club Statement on Senate’s Approval of S 151, Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013

S 151 largely upends 2011 compromise legislation sponsored by Sens. Brown and Rabon. S 151 removes the cap on the number of terminal groins which can be built and drops provisions designed to ensure that local communities do not incur debt without a vote of the people. S 151 also removes fiscal protections intended to ensure that neighboring properties will be compensated for any ensuing damage. “North Carolinians enjoy natural beaches that are the envy of the East Coast. This is because our state leaders have historically adopted a conservative management policy that bans hardened structures—seawalls, jetties and groins of any kind—from our ocean beaches,” said Molly Diggins, state director of the NC Sierra Club. “Today, the Senate gutted compromise legislation passed just two years ago in order to make it easier to construct hardened structures,” added Diggins. “Today’s vote is bad for beaches, bad for taxpayers, and bad for North Carolinians who love their state’s natural beaches."
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NC Sierra Club Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

 

For Immediate Release

May 15, 2013

NC Sierra Club Statement on Senate Passage of Bill to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

RALEIGH - Late today the Senate passed S 515, a bill that repeals rules intended to clean up Jordan Lake which is a drinking water supply for more than 300,000 people in the Triangle.

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NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks

 

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2013


NC Sierra Club Statement on House Passage of H 201, Building Code Rollbacks

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NC Sierra Club Statement on Effort to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

 

For Immediate Release

May 14, 2013


NC Sierra Club Statement on Effort to Repeal Jordan Lake Rules

 

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NC Sierra Club Statement on Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx’s Nomination to Head Transportation Department

For Immediate Release

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