Coal Ash Wednesday: Trump's EPA is literally trying to kill us

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Andrew Wheeler just made millions for his coal industry pals:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a rule that revises regulations for coal-fired power plants, a move that will limit the number of generation facilities that could incur costs for failing to comply with pollution limits. The action on Aug. 31 revises a rule established in 2015, when the EPA issued an order that for the first time set federal limits on the levels of toxic metals in wastewater that could be discharged from power plants.

Coal industry executives, critical of the original restrictions which they characterized as costly and burdensome, praised Monday’s changes. Andrew Wheeler, the EPA administrator who is a former coal industry lobbyist, described the revisions as “more affordable pollution control technologies” that would “reduce pollution and save jobs at the same time.”

Bolding mine, because we see this nonsense all the time from Republicans. They are actually increasing pollution, not reducing it, but in this truth-challenged Trump era, casual lies like this are a daily staple. Thankfully, this rule change is on SELC's radar:

Wednesday News: Unfit to lead

IN DEBATE, TRUMP INTERRUPTS SO MANY TIMES BIDEN TELLS HIM TO "SHUT UP": In the most tumultuous presidential debate in recent memory, Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have supported him, telling one such group known as Proud Boys to “stand back, stand by.” There were also heated clashes over the president's handling of the pandemic, the integrity of the election results, deeply personal attacks about Biden's family and how the Supreme Court will shape the future of the nation’s health care. But it was the belligerent tone that was persistent, somehow fitting for what has been an extraordinarily ugly campaign. The two men frequently talked over each other with Trump interrupting, nearly shouting, so often that Biden eventually snapped at him, “Will you shut up, man?”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/article246083875.html

Tuesday News: No-plan Dan

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FOREST REFUSES TO ANSWER WRAL'S CAMPAIGN QUESTIONNAIRE: Lt. Gov. Dan Forest refused this week to answer questions for a routine WRAL News online voters guide, with his gubernatorial campaign saying the questions "don't reflect reality." Among the questions: "If elected, what are your top 3 priorities?" Other questions dealt with the state's coronavirus response, school funding, Medicaid expansion and systemic racism. WRAL publishes a voters guide most election seasons, and the question-and-answer portion of this year's guide is set to go live Thursday. Forest's campaign got the same questions as Gov. Roy Cooper's, and those questions also went out to candidates for lieutenant governor and to candidates in General Assembly races. Similar questions went out to candidates in other Council of State races. Forest's campaign was the only one to complain about the questions.
https://www.wral.com/forest-won-t-answer-questions-for-voters-guide-says-they-don-t-reflect-reality/...

Tuesday Twitter roundup

As long as the NC GOP retains even the barest of majorities, they will abuse that advantage as much as possible. The only way to get them to act in a bipartisan fashion is to take that power away.

Same boat - only worse

I am in a nursing home. I pushed the administration to get this process (absentee ballots and registration) started in early August. Somebody dragged their feet - probably a combo of admin. and MAT, so it took until 9/26 for the MAT team to show up. They only allotted 4 hours for a facility with 200 residents.

It has been suggested that my signature can be witnessed through the window. I was just informed that the MAT team will be back "in a few weeks."

Say it so the folks in back can hear: One-Term Tillis

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You wanted us to divide and conquer? Asked and answered:

In North Carolina, Senator Thom Tillis saw another devastating poll from a high-quality pollster. CBS News finds him trailing Cal Cunningham by ten points. At this point in the race, most voters know a lot about both candidates and closing a gap that wide in five weeks will be difficult. He will need Cunningham to stumble to make up the difference and Cunningham has not made many mistakes after a year of campaigning.

But what may be the worst news for Tillis is what is happening in other states. Outside money bolstering Tillis will soon be diverted to those states if his numbers don’t improve and races in those other states stay competitive. Expect the GOP to pull the plug on Tillis if the national environment or his numbers don’t improve in the next week or two.

Keep in mind, the Trump campaign is apparently down to eating its seed corn, and you know that bastard will scoop up as many dollars as he can, with zero concern for downballot races. And before you scold me for leaning on polls (which would be valid), we desperately need some good news in this current hellscape.

Monday News: Three thousand, four hundred forty one

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CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC RAGES ON IN NORTH CAROLINA: At least 207,380 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 3,441 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,290 new COVID-19 cases, down from 1,759 the day before. The state began counting antigen test results, which backdate to May 20, last week. Positive results from the tests account for 2% of detected cases in North Carolina. About 5.1% of tests were reported positive on Sunday, nearly in line with health officials’ goal of 5% or lower and up from 4.5% on Saturday. At least 917 people in North Carolina were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday, up from 914 on Saturday, with 92% of hospitals reporting.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article246051265.html

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