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  • jmcdow2792 Jun 5, 2014

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    Would it (18 ranking) have something to do with population?
    You can rest assured that any improvements made prior to these rules will not count. Never do. One big reason that folks don't like to do things without being required to.

  • I-Defy Jun 5, 2014

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    Koch Koch Koch! But you never say a word about all the people Soro's has bought. Do you even see your double standards anymore. What a joke you liberals are

  • Kevin O'Donnell Jun 4, 2014
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    Make no mistake about who will pay for these new rules. Consumers, not Duke, will pay for these new rules. Duke will close coal plants, build gas plants, and rates will increase to cover all Duke's costs.

  • rocket Jun 4, 2014

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    100% budget cut is more like it.

  • rocket Jun 4, 2014

    North Carolina is a sovereign state. If they don't like the rules, they should just tell the EPA and the feds to go fly a kite.

  • Joseph Smith Jun 4, 2014
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    EPA ripe for a 50% budget cut!!!!

  • Kenny Dunn Jun 4, 2014
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    These changes cannot happen fast enough as far as I'm concerned. Although I do appreciate that they take time to implement.

  • Jun 4, 2014

    The right wing talking points mouthed by the puppets of Koch just can't help themselves. Drawn to the comments section like moths to a flame, well, more like flies to used food substances.

  • Jun 4, 2014

    Duke Power, I mean our State Legislature, are strictly opposed to anything that would limit the power of Duke, I mean our State, to pollute, I mean provide billions of jobs, and to raise rates, I mean generate even more massive profits, at the expense, I mean for the benefit, of our citizens.

  • frosty Jun 4, 2014

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    It will not just be electric bills. Gas generating plants compete with heating and manufacturing users the rising demand will increase costs for all if US production cannot keep up. This winter the weather caused an increased demand for gas that caused the price to go up. The energy companies were able to switch to diesel which caused supply issues and cost increases for diesel. Coal and nuclear does not compete with other energy users. Renewable is not reliable as a replacement system so don't start on that.

  • SusanandAaron Tambot-Blankenship Jun 4, 2014
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    If NC has done so well self regulating then why is the state above the median for carbon discharge?

    18th highest does not sound like we've done a particulary good job compared to every other state.

    Also in this thread- crazy people who think we can continue with fossil fuels. Obama knows just like every other thinking person that we all have to make changes in how we generate or harvest electricity. It's going to cost to begin the infrastructure changes but it will be cost effective in the long run.

  • Richard Eskridge Jun 4, 2014
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    They forget that business people have to breathe also.The business people that matter do not live here. Why should they care? Why should we care what Obama says anyway. He's only gonna be there for 959 more days till Rand Paul gets sworn in.

  • mike275132 Jun 4, 2014

    As Barack Hussein Obama told the SF Chronicle , see it on You Tube "Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." (January 2008).
    This is the plan of the Democrats .

    Remember this when you vote in Novemeber

  • Grand Union Jun 4, 2014

    DENR argued that North Carolina was being penalized for taking earlier action that wasn't recognized in new baselines the EPA used to determine needed reductions.

    Actually the rules will take into account good work done in the past......but not back to the year dot.

  • flyfish42 Jun 4, 2014

    NC officials are critical because they are planning to go in the exact opposite direction, cutting air quality monitoring and removing or loosening many existing regulations, ostensibly to be more "business friendly". They forget that business people have to breathe also.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 4, 2014

    Thought your electric bill is high now?

  • ncprr1 Jun 4, 2014

    Obama's war on private business continues. No matter that there is no real science to back up the fairy tail, the liberals walk in lockstep trying to destroy the American economy. Some of them because they are evil, some because they are just too dumb to know any better.

  • Danny22 Jun 4, 2014

    Obama said our "energy costs would necessarily skyrocket." He has ruined just about everything in our country with his federal power grab.

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