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North Carolina State POLICY WATCH Weekly Briefing

Strange bedfellows? Polluters, environmental groups form new coalition to lobby state government

By Lisa Sorg

On a cozy autumn evening at the luxurious Umstead Hotel in Cary, a medley of corporate luminaries, state lawmakers and environmentalists made small talk and mingled over drinks. The occasion: the formation of a new “unconventional partnership” with a “bold mission.”  North Carolina Forever, said Kathy Higgins, vice president of corporate affairs at Blue Cross Blue Shield, “will bring together diverse interests” to encourage  “reasonable and necessary investments” in land conservation and water protection. Read more


SHEVILLE.ORG SHOP LOCAL – WNC Business Directory

SheVille proudly presents those who support our Western North Carolina communities and enhance the economic viability of our region. We are committed to local shopping,because it’s the greener way to go and it bolsters the economy of Western North Carolina.  Our individual sponsors contribute their resources to our local non-profit programs as well, that help all of us live better, more fulfilled lives. WNC is home to a fantastic network of small businesses and we’re proud to support the great products and services they offer. Please note: all of our business advertisers support SheVille’s mission.


SOUTH CAROLINA POLICY Makes Going Solar Easy For Homeowners

Congress Extends Solar Incentives Through 2017

December 26th 2017

Power companies are fighting an uphill battle they are sure to lose and they’re blaming customers who are taking advantage of massive government savings programs. Specifically, they are blaming South Carolina State Rebates that incentivize homeowners to use clean energy by reducing solar power projects to $0 installations.

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TOGETHER WE RISE: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World

“We stood together, using our collective voice as a clear act of resistance. The Women’s March showed the world and now this book amplifies the message: We will not be silenced.”  — Tracee Ellis Ross

“A collection of photos and oral histories that expertly blends the larger-than-life power of the movement and small-scale moments shared among the women in charge… Large and plentiful photos show many shades of hope and inclusion in this energizing and emotional trip through the movement.”  — Booklist *starred review*


‘Feminism’ is Merriam Webster’s 2017 Word of the Year

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year is a quantitative measure of interest in a particular word. Our online dictionary gives us insight into the collective curiosity of the public, with millions of words looked up every month. When we look back at the past twelve months and combine an analysis of words that have seen a rise over the previous year along with instances of intense spikes of interest because of news events, we see that one word stands out in both categories. Word of the Year 2017: Feminism + 9 more ..Read why feminism is our Word of the Year, plus dotard, syzygy, gaffe, and 6 more top words . Photo credit: Molly Adams and Merriam Webster  Continue reading

 


PARENTS & PARENTING, The Mother Load – Read this before you have a baby (especially if you’re a woman)

By   in the Guardian                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Average age of motherhood and fatherhood in America Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016 Illustration: Mona Chalabi

It seems so obvious: having kids affects men and women differently. Sure, emotionally and financially but most clearly in the simple way mothers and fathers spend their time. And when you actually look at how 10,900 Americanscarve up 24 hours, the conclusion is pretty stark: if you’re a woman who enjoys paid work or relaxing activities, having kids will cramp your style. Being married with kids also isn’t looking like a great idea according to the numbers. Continue reading


THE EQUAL RIGHTS AMENDMENT: Unfinished Business for the Constitution – PLEASE JOIN THE EFFORT!

In 2017, it is impossible to argue that the amendment is inappropriate, since one who does so implies that women should be legally subjugated.

It’s equally impossible to claim that the amendment is unnecessary, given the continuing inequality we see.

So the remaining argument against the ERA boils down to coded variations of “it would upset the balance of power” — in other words, it would give women a fair chanceContinue reading


THE COLLIDER invites you to ClimateCon 2018 to Explore CLIMATE SOLUTIONS & BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES

A New Conference Where We Explore Innovative Climate Solutions & Business Opportunities.

Held March 16-25 in “Climate City,” Asheville, North CarolinaClimateCon 2018 includes The Business of Climate Forum, a summit for students and young professionals, an innovation showcase demonstrating climate solutions and products, and 10 days of climate-focused community events.


FUNDING CANCELLED for HUMANE ALLIANCE Trap, Spay Return Program for Community Cats

Dear Friends, We at Brother Wolf wouldn’t normally reach out to you so soon after our year-end campaign, but we recently received some news that poses a real threat to the progress we have made together to build and sustain a true No-Kill community.  We just learned from The Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic (which is now a program of the ASPCA) that they have cancelled funding for community cat spay/neuter in Asheville and Buncombe County for groups doing high volume TNR (trap/neuter/return.)


$180bn investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

By Matthew Taylor at the Guardian

The global plastic binge which is already causing widespread damage to oceans, habitats and food chains, is set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years after multibillion dollar investments in a new generation of plastics plants in the US.

Fossil fuel companies are among those who have ploughed more than $180bn since 2010 into new “cracking” facilities that will produce the raw material for everyday plastics from packaging to bottles, trays and cartons. Continue reading


THANK YOU ALABAMA! “The Karma’s Gonna Come On Down” by Lytingale

 
Angry old white man sittin’ in a tower.

Angry old white men sittin’ on the bench.

Angry old white men clingin’ to your power

But the karma’s gonna come on down.

Lies are lies, not alternative facts.

Lies are lies, and the truth’ll come out.

Lies are lies, you better clean up your act

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down

(Chorus:)

The karma’s gonna come on down.

The karma’s gonna come on down real soon.

Do unto others what you want done to you,

Cause the karma’s gonna come on down.  Oh, yeah.


How and why NC’s economy still leaves so many behind

Recovery, huh? New report explains how and why NC’s economy still leaves so many behind

By Patrick McHugh

[Editor’s note: Despite continuing claims from legislative leaders and conservative think tanks that all is well with the North Carolina economy, our senses and instincts tell us otherwise. Now, thanks to a new and important report from the N.C. Budget & Tax Center (“Ten Years After the Great Recession, N.C. has an Economy that Works for Some”) we have the data and analysis to back up those concerns. As the author, Dr. Patrick McHugh, explains, a decade after the onset of the Great recession, things are anything but rosy for a large segment of North Carolinians whose wages and wellbeing remain stagnant. The report deserves to be read and shared widely.]


Vaping 101 – Health Relation, Benefits, Dangers, Fun Facts, And More

When you notice someone standing on the street puffing away at their vape pen, do you stop and think for a second and say “ Hey that looks cool!” I don’t think any of us do. So, when we see celebrities such as Johnny Depp and Katy Perry doing it — maybe some of us start to change our opinions. Do we know any better? Do social influences add pressure to vaping just like there was to smoking? 


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