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PRESERVING OUR BLUE RIDGE SCENERY

We knocked on tens of thousands of doors to shine a spotlight on a hidden provision in the state budget that prevented land conservation along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Lawmakers removed the prohibition in their 2012-2013 budget, and began to restore devastating cuts to land conservation programs.

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Report: North Carolina leadership critical foundation for an international agreement on climate

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina is poised to play a major role in U.S. progress to address climate change, a new report said today. In the next decade, the state will cut as much global warming pollution as taking more than five million cars off the road.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Path to the Paris Climate Conference

In December 2015, world leaders will convene in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to address the serious threat of global warming. As the country responsible for more climate-changing pollution in the atmosphere than any other, the United States has a moral obligation to lead the world into action.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Raleigh–Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Shining Rewards

Solar energy is on the rise in the United States. At the end of the first quarter of 2015, more than 21,300 megawatts of cumulative solar electric capacity had been installed around the country, enough to power more than 4.3 million homes. The rapid growth of solar energy in the United States is the result of forward-looking policies that are helping the nation reduce its contribution to global warming and expand its use of local renewable energy sources.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center

Gov. McCrory urged to ramp up offshore wind power

Raleigh, NC -- More than 60 organizations, businesses and local officials delivered a letter to Gov. McCrory today, urging him to make offshore wind power, which has vast potential in North Carolina a key part of the state’s energy supply.

The letter comes as Gov. McCrory is spending more time promoting offshore drilling than offshore wind, most recently at U.S. House of Representative’s hearing where he criticized the current plan to allow drilling 50 miles off the North Carolina coast as too restrictive.

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