Political Shift Endangers Green Energy in North Carolina

Raleigh, N.C. — A shift in the political winds in the Tar Heel State may just give green building advocates heartburn. The democrat-controlled legislature passed a state energy law mandating use of renewable power sources and energy-efficiency programs in 2007, but the times are changing, as republicans have regained a solid majority and also hold the keys to the governor’s mansion. Governor Pat McCrory campaigned on a platform supporting offshore drilling and inland oil shale fracking, which would appear to indicate a different path to energy independence.

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