Energy Generation Bill
August 5, 2021
FCNCL Policy Statement: “Led by the Quaker testimonies of Stewardship and Equality, we urge greater attention to environmental protection measures.”
FCNCL urges its members to tell their Senators immediately that they oppose House Bill 951, the Modernize Energy Generation bill that was passed by the NC House on July 15th. It currently sits before the Senate Agriculture, Energy, and Environment Committee, and it may move toward a vote by the full Senate soon and with little warning.
We join with other concerned organizations (among others, the North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club, Audubon NC. NC Warn, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the NC Council of Churches) in urging you to contact your state senator (https://ncleg.gov/FindYourLegislators) and express your concern about this bill for the following reasons:
- It decreases consumer protection from rapidly rising utility rates which could result in a 50% increase in power bills over the next decade.
- >It marries our state to fossil fuel power generation into the future. While federal energy plans call for closing natural gas plants by the end of the 2030’s, this bill would have new gas plants coming online around that time.
- It will not enable our state to meet the 70% carbon reduction by the year 2030 that is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change.
- It weakens the authority of the NC Utilities Commission.
- It weakens the ability of our governor to lead North Carolina toward a clean energy future by banning North Carolina’s admission to the East Coast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
FCNCL asks whether any bill affecting our state’s people, environment, and energy future should be written in secret. The late hour amendment barring Governor Cooper from cooperating with surrounding states to reduce carbon emissions is particularly concerning.
For more information, please see the resources below:
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Next FCNCL Annual General Committee Meeting October 2, 2021
FCNCL Minute on Anti-Racism
(approved at FCNCL General Committee Meeting October 5, 2019)
Responding to and inspired by Friends General Conference’s report (1) on racism, Friends Committee on North Carolina Legislation (FCNCL) commits to becoming an anti-racist faith organization. In making this decision we are acknowledging that systemic racism is a long standing and continuing problem in American society. As part of that society, we recognize that as individuals and Quakers we have too often been blind to our own failings and to the part we play in perpetuating structural and institutional racism.
REVIEW FCNCL’s 2021 LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
FCNCL uses a corporate discernment process to set our lobbying agenda for North Carolina General Assembly deliberations. These excerpts are from the full statement on 2021 Priorities approved in October 2020, and they are consistent with our Quaker testimonies of Equality & Social Justice, Peace, and Integrity, and with our FCNCL Minute on Antiracism:
- ELECTORAL REFORM – We support:
- Creating an independent non-partisan commission to redraw fair maps
- Legislation that ensures fair and free elections and upholds voting rights.
- Measures promoting strong government ethics
- ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE – We support:
- Medicaid Expansion
- Reproductive Rights
- ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION MEASURES – We support:
- Preserving natural areas, air and water quality
- Environmental justice
- Preventing coal ash and concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) pollution
- Mitigating climate change, especially through clean energy and ceasing environmental policy rollbacks
- CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORMS – We support:
- Ending Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids
- Abolishing the death penalty
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