News Release | Environment North Carolina

N.C. Senate lifts fracking moratorium

Raleigh, NC  -- Fracking would begin in North Carolina as soon as July 2015, according to a bill that cleared the Senate today on a final vote of 36 to 11.  S.B. 786, which sped through two committees on Tuesday and passed its first full vote in the Senate yesterday, lifts the state’s moratorium next summer, but no longer brings jail time for disclosing toxic chemicals.

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Senate committees fast-track fracking

Raleigh, NC  -- The state’s moratorium on fracking would be lifted and a complex suite of more than 120 fracking rules would be exempt from meaningful legislative review, according to a measure that cleared two separate Senate committees today in less than four hours.  Under S.B. 786, likely to be voted on by the full Senate on Wednesday, the controversial form of gas drilling would begin as soon as next summer.

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Raleigh highlighted as a “Shining City” when it comes to solar power

Raleigh, NC –Raleigh is one of dozens of communities leading the nation’s surge in solar power, ranking 15th in the country for solar projects installed per capita, according to a new Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center study released today. The analysis, titled “Shining Cities: At the Forefront of America’s Solar Energy Revolution,” is the first-of-its-kind comparative look at the growth of solar power in major American cities. 

News Release | Environment North Carolina

Sen. Kay Hagan Calls for Action on Climate

Yesterday evening on the Senate floor, North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan made an impassioned speech on the threat of global warming to North Carolina’s future. Dave Rogers, Field Director with Environment North Carolina, issued the following statement in response:

“Sen. Hagan showed yesterday that she understands the urgency of addressing global warming. She understands what failing to act could mean for North Carolina’s famous coastline and our agricultural heritage. Given the PR campaign by the dirty energy industry to spread junk science and deny climate change, we thank the senator for standing up with science and speaking the truth.”

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Clean Energy is Cutting Carbon, But North Carolina Could Do More

Raleigh, NC – With extreme weather now becoming a common event throughout the state, North Carolina is proving that there are solutions to climate change. Clean energy policies, such as North Carolina’s Renewable Energy Portfolio, have allowed the state to cut emissions of carbon pollution—the leading cause of global warming—according to a new report by Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center. The report, “Moving America Forward,” showed that even as North Carolina has made significant progress in developing clean energy, the state could be playing a much larger role in reducing carbon pollution.

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