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to a fate that is long past due. The burden of your chains are a solace
to the hollow within.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Duke Energy for evidence of criminal wrongdoing in a massive coal ash spill. But this comes too late for some North Carolina residents, who feel abandoned by regulators.
Really? You’re going to say you were abandoned by EPA when it was your representatives who defunded the EPA and instead made their own environmental agency? The people who you voted and did not speak out against when they campaigned to defund regulators? Come on. Did you think that leaving it up to the company to regulate themselves was a good idea? Boy, have you been lied to.
Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged (NYT)

“The General Assembly doesn’t like you,” an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told supervisors called to a drab meeting room here. “They cut your budget, but you didn’t get the message. And they cut your budget again, and you still didn’t get the message.”
From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. “If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.”

Wait, what’s this? This isn’t the first spill in NC that was swept under the rug? Say it ain’t so!
North Carolina Knew About Contaminated Water for 7 Years – Never Warned Residents

In a remarkable example of government incompetence endangering the lives of citizens, it is now being reported that the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been aware since 2005, that the drinking water of some North Carolina residents is extremely contaminated.
This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began calling local families in the North Carolina community of Wake Forest to warn them that their water is contaminated.


Remember, the EPA is a favorite target of conservative hate. They always cite the EPA as an example of Federal Government overreach. The conservative battle cry has always been the States can do a better job than the meddling Feds! Apparently not.


1. The State failed to protect their residents
2. The federal EPA did the job that the State agency should have done 7 years ago.
So, the next time you hear some idiot conservative going on about State’s Rights and how the government never does anything right, remember that their ideas of a limited government are not only foolish, those ideas just might kill you.

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Duke Energy for evidence of criminal wrongdoing in a massive coal ash spill. But this comes too late for some North Carolina residents, who feel abandoned by regulators.

Really? You’re going to say you were abandoned by EPA when it was your representatives who defunded the EPA and instead made their own environmental agency? The people who you voted and did not speak out against when they campaigned to defund regulators? Come on. Did you think that leaving it up to the company to regulate themselves was a good idea? Boy, have you been lied to.

Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged (NYT)

“The General Assembly doesn’t like you,” an official in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources told supervisors called to a drab meeting room here. “They cut your budget, but you didn’t get the message. And they cut your budget again, and you still didn’t get the message.”

From now on, regulators were told, they must focus on customer service, meaning issuing environmental permits for businesses as quickly as possible. Big changes are coming, the official said, according to three people in the meeting, two of whom took notes. “If you don’t like change, you’ll be gone.”

Wait, what’s this? This isn’t the first spill in NC that was swept under the rug? Say it ain’t so!

North Carolina Knew About Contaminated Water for 7 Years – Never Warned Residents

In a remarkable example of government incompetence endangering the lives of citizens, it is now being reported that the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has been aware since 2005, that the drinking water of some North Carolina residents is extremely contaminated.

This summer, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began calling local families in the North Carolina community of Wake Forest to warn them that their water is contaminated.

Remember, the EPA is a favorite target of conservative hate. They always cite the EPA as an example of Federal Government overreach. The conservative battle cry has always been the States can do a better job than the meddling Feds! Apparently not.

1. The State failed to protect their residents

2. The federal EPA did the job that the State agency should have done 7 years ago.

So, the next time you hear some idiot conservative going on about State’s Rights and how the government never does anything right, remember that their ideas of a limited government are not only foolish, those ideas just might kill you.