An energy and environmental news story appeared in North Carolina that ought to get more coverage. I’ll add my effort to that.

There’s consensus on resilience, but don’t say ‘climate’ is a good look at the issue of climate debate and energy. It has balance, something to note these days. The author is Kirk Ross, a North Carolina journalist.

Worth a read no matter your politics. Just to see differing viewpoints.

First, it notes that labels can block reasoning in the face of reality.

If you are knee-deep in a flood from extreme storms, call it what you will, but you are still knee-deep in a flood.

Second, Ross notes that some North Carolina Republicans and Democrats are starting to talk and see how they agree.

My comment: Policymakers doing what we hope they should do, what a concept! Hope it keeps up.

The current NC energy bill – HB 951 – is noted. Ross reports that Rep. John Szoka, Cumberland County Republican, believes that Senate leaders and the governor have an interest in moving the bill forward. Szoka is quoted that, “…The most beneficial thing about House Bill 951 wasn’t the end product. It was the discussions that were raised.”

Debate is always good if people listen and learn, too. Senator Natalie Murdock, D-Durham, said in the story, “They may call it something different, but I definitely think that we can achieve that goal even if they don’t have my belief that climate change is real.”

Bingo, the main point of the story: “Although with each year and with each new set of disasters, the risk of doing nothing becomes clearer, the job of putting together policies in an atmosphere in which even the phrase ‘climate change’ is still viewed by many with suspicion remains one of the heavier lifts on Jones Street.”

If you intend to read the news item, a trigger warning: There are words like climate change, conservative, Cooper, science, tax credits, and even, United Nations. So, brace yourself.

This is a useful story to check.


Feature photo by Staff Sgt. Herschel Talley, Nebraska National Guard. It is of Lumberton, NC, after Hurricane Florence in 2018.