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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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    Current TV, founded by Al Gore, includes some of the best journalism in America today. In particular their Vanguard series is amazing and should not be missed by ANYONE who wants to know in depth coverage of some of the major stories in the world. And now CurrentTV has Keith Olbermann as well.

    In most areas Current TV is available on:
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    Check out their program schedule here.

    LeftyBlogs North Carolina is the place to find out what's happening in the progressive blogosphere across North Carolina.

    Carolina Public Press is a nonprofit media project dedicated to in-depth, investigative and independent reporting on the overlooked and under-reported people, places and issues facing the 17 westernmost counties of North Carolina.

    BlueNC is a community-driven website that promotes progressive values and policies in North Carolina.

    Equality North Carolina Blog: The latest on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and state politics in North Carolina.

    N.C. Justice and Community Development Center
    The Justice Center is dedicated to helping low income and working poor North Carolinians escape poverty and achieve economic security. It includes several well-known projects within its umbrella and is professionally staffed by a team of lawyers, community educators and policy analysts.

    The Progressive Pulse: this was suggested by a reader in NC. Last I tried it it wasn't loading though.

    Raleigh Eco News: Reporting environmental news and views from North Carolina's capital city.

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    Indyweek.com: Progressive News, Culture & Commentary For Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

    COMMUNITY BANKING: Banking for American communities, not for greedy CEOs.

    For those who are fed up with the predatory lending, bad customer service and greedy politics of the big banks, here is a local alternatives that HELPS North Carolina: North Carolina's Self-Help Credit Union (for Espanol click here). From their website:

    The nonprofit Center for Community Self-Help and its financing affiliates Self-Help Credit Union, Self-Help Federal Credit Union, and Self-Help Ventures Fund provide financing, technical support, consumer financial services, and advocacy for those left out of the economic mainstream. Since its founding in 1980, Self-Help has reached out to female, rural and minority communities across North Carolina, in Washington, D.C., California, and many other states.

    We help borrowers nationwide to build wealth through ownership of a home or business.

    We strengthen underserved communities by financing nonprofits, childcare centers, community health facilities, public charter schools and residential and commercial real estate projects, and manage retail credit union branches providing responsible and fairly priced accounts and services.

    We operate a secondary market program that enables private lenders to make more loans in low-wealth communities.

    Over time we have learned, and demonstrated, that low-income borrowers pose no greater credit risk than others. Our borrowers have proven their determination to repay their loans, build their businesses, improve their communities, and build wealth through home equity.

    For regular banking, online banking, loans (of the NON-predatory kind!), and credit cards, click here to start working with a financial institution you can like and trust and which helps local North Carolina families.


    Click here for the North Carolina AFL-CIO website to get involved in protecting your rights in the workplace. Click here for the AFL-CIO Action Center to see what you can do now.

    For more union info, contact:

    Physical Address
    1408 Hillsborough Street
    Raleigh, NC 27605

    Mailing Adress
    PO Box 10805
    Raleigh, NC 27605

    (919) 833-6678
    (919) 833-7624

    (919) 828-2102

    General Email

    For those who want to combine social events with politics, here are the Living Liberally Groups in North Carolina:

    Asheville, North Carolina
    * Every Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm
    * Asheville Brewing Company, 77 Coxe Ave (Downtown, 1/2 block north of Hilliard Ave.)
    * Hosted by Aric Vance and Susan Lee, asheville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Charlotte, North Carolina
    * First Monday and Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * First Monday of the month Location: Brixx Uptown, 225 E 6th St (we usually gather at the bar, on the LEFT side)
    * Be sure to bring in your parking pass for validation, and to tell the parking attendant you are going to Brixx so they don't charge you $5!
    * Third Wednesday of the month Location: Dolce Vita, 3205 N Davidson St 1/2 priced wines by the glass on Wednesday
    * Hosted by Marcus Williams, Andy Graves and Mark Campbell, charlotte (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Charlotte Eating Liberally
    * Second Saturday of each month, 10:00 am
    * Matthews Community Farmers' Market, 105 N Trade St, Matthews (We meet at the tables just outside of the Community House Coffee Shop)
    * Come by after collecting your week's bounty & join us for a cup of coffee from the community house and a freshly baked pastery from one of the vendors!
    * Bring your favorite organic/local/sustainable related books or recipes.
    * Hosted by Laura Paynter and Heather Taylor, charlotte (at) eatingliberally.org

    Concord, North Carolina
    * Second Thursday of each month, 7:00 pm onward
    * Sweet Pea Cafe, 16 Union St S (1/2 block south of Cabarrus & Union)
    * Hosted by Mark Ortiz, concordnc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Greensboro, North Carolina
    * Every Thursday, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * The Green Bean, 341 S Elm St
    * Hosted by Richard Rozzelle, greensboro (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Raleigh, North Carolina
    * Every Tuesday, 6:00-9:00 pm
    * Players Retreat, 105 Oberlin Rd (right near Hillsborough Street)
    * Look for us in the room across from the bar, thru the doorway.
    * Hosted by Wallace Pankow and Dave Carden, raleigh (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Wilmington, North Carolina
    * First and third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 pm onward
    * Orton's, 131 N Front St
    * Hosted by Tom Schutte and Jimmy Cartrette, wilmingtonnc (at) drinkingliberally.org

    NORTH CAROLINA NAACP: Here is a list of local branches of the NAACP in North Carolina

    Branch ANSON COUNTY Unit # 5362
    Mail P.O Box 335 Wadesboro, NC 28170
    Email donniekendall at yahoo.com

    Mail P.O. Box 2881 Asheville, NC 28802
    Email abnaacp at bellsouth.net

    Branch BEAUFORT COUNTY Unit # 51B3
    Mail P.O. Box 2153 Washington, NC 27889
    Email topharrow at msn.com

    Branch BERTIE COUNTY Unit # 5365
    Mail 1901 Cooper Hill Rd. Windsor, NC 27983
    Email Charllee1901 at aol.com

    Branch BLADEN COUNTY (C.Creek) Unit # 5371
    Mail P.O. Box 94 Council, NC 28434

    Branch BLADEN COUNTY (W) Unit # 5468
    Mail 3295 Peanut Plant Road Elizabethtown, NC 28337
    Email Abullock001 at ec.rr.com

    Branch BRUNSWICK COUNTY Unit #5452
    Mail P.O. Box 364 Supply, NC 28462
    Email bernest_naacp at yahoo.com

    Branch BURLINGTON BRANCH Unit # 5368
    Mail P.O. Box 2011 Burlington, NC 27216
    Email Office71 at bellsouth.net

    Branch BURKE COUNTY Unit #5367
    Mail P.O. Box 3863 Morganton, NC 28680
    Email Barbarameyers at bellsouth.net

    Branch CABARRUS COUNTY Unit #5369
    Mail 1413 Cooper Avenue Kannapolis, NC 28081
    Email kmccl at ctc.net

    Branch CALDWELL COUNTY Unit #5410
    Mail 129 Northwood Drive Lenoir, NC 28645
    email dulatownor at netzero.com

    Branch CAMDEN COUNTY Unit # 5370
    Mail 121 Long Pine Road South Mills, NC 27976
    Email EOTO1971 at yahoo.com

    Branch CARTERET COUNTY Unit #5478
    Mail P.O. Box 915 Beaufort, NC 28516
    Email ghharrison at embarqmail.com

    Branch CASWELL COUNTY Unit #5372
    Mail P.O. Box 1032 Yanceyville, NC 27379
    Email Taylorb57ync at wmconnect.com

    Branch CATAWBA COUNTY Unit #5373
    Mail P.O. Box 1444 Newton, NC 28658
    Email cataconaacp at charter.net

    Branch CHAPEL HILL / CARRBORO (Orange County) Unit #5689
    Mail 1105 Brenda Court Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    Email flbattle at earthlink.net Website: http://www.chapelhill-carrboro-naacp.org/

    Mail P.O. Box 480540 Charlotte, NC 28269
    Email Kdwhite1 at bellsouth.net

    Branch CHATHAM COUNTY Unit #5377
    Mail P.O. Box 5217 Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Email LDJMTZ at aol.com

    Branch CHATHAM COUNTY (West) Unit #5378
    Mail P.O. Box 652 Siler City, NC 27344
    Email Ibrooks at mcmutuall.fe.com

    Branch CHOWAN COUNTY Unit #5572
    Mail P.O. Box 981 Edenton, NC 27932

    Branch CLEVELAND COUNTY Unit #5379
    Mail P.O. Box 2331 Shelby, NC 28151
    Email Bjulatoo at aol.com; s2degree at aol.com

    Branch COLUMBUS COUNTY Unit #5380
    Mail P.O. Box 882 Whiteville, NC 28472
    Email amon at weblink.net

    Branch CRAVEN COUNTY Unit #5423
    Mail P.O. Box 984 New Bern, NC 28563
    Email ccnaacp at suddenlink.net

    Branch CURRITUCK COUNTY Unit #5382
    Mail P.O. Box 534 Moyock, NC 27958
    Email wcetheridge at yahoo.com

    Branch DARE COUNTY Unit #5386
    Mail P.O. Box 1485 Manteo, NC 27954

    Branch DAVIDSON COUNTY (Lexington) Unit #5383
    Email rrtrry at netscape.net

    Branch DAVIE COUNTY Unit #5475
    Mail P.O Box 922 Mocksville, NC 27028
    Email Ali7BRO at aol.com

    Branch DUPLIN COUNTY Unit #5385
    Mail P.O. Box 144 Clinton, NC 28329
    Email colleenelizabeth at earthlink.net

    Branch DURHAM COUNTY Unit #5387
    Mail 315 E. Chapel Hill Street, #206 Durham, NC 27701
    Email Ffosterjr at msn.com Website: http://www.durhamnaacp.org/

    Branch Eden (ROCKINGHAM COUNTY) Unit #5389
    Mail 7428 NC Hwy 770 Eden, NC 27288

    Branch EDGECOMBE COUNTY (Tarboro) Unit # 5390
    Mail P.O Box 1236 Tarboro, NC 27886
    Email yolandathigpen at yahoo.com

    Mail P.O. Box 364 Fayetteville, NC 28302
    Email Jebux32347 at aol.com

    Branch FRANKLIN COUNTY Unit #5393
    Pres Zollie O. Gill (919) 496-5289 h (919) 496-5289 o
    Mail 1440 East River Road Louisburg, NC 27549
    Email zwog at aol.com

    Branch GASTON COUNTY Unit #5394
    Mail P.O Box 92 Gastonia, NC 28053
    Email clydewalker1939 at msn.com

    Branch GATES COUNTY Unit #5396
    Mail 174 Carters Road Gatesville, NC 27938
    Email dcsmith at inteliport.com

    Branch GOLDSBORO / WAYNE COUNTY Unit #5390
    Mail P.O. Box 1205 Goldsboro, NC 27533-1205
    Email Sbarnes18 at nc.rr.com; greenleafdoc at bellsouth.net

    Branch GRANVILLE COUNTY Unit #5398
    Mail P.O. Box 8 Oxford, NC 27565
    Other Treas. Roy T. Cash (919) 693-7081 h

    Branch GREENE COUNTY Unit #5399
    Mail 3002 Mewburn Church Road Snow Hill, NC 28580
    Email albertbarron57 at yahoo.com

    Branch GREENSBORO Unit #5400
    Mail P.O. Box 20765 Greensboro, NC 27420
    Email Rv4kings at aol.com

    Branch HALIFAX COUNTY Unit #5401
    Mail P.O. Box 408 Weldon, NC 27890
    Email debrob3 at embarqmail.com

    Branch HARNETT COUNTY Unit #5473
    Mail P.O. Box 2347 Lillington, NC 27546
    Email Cpm8 at earthlink.net

    Branch HENDERSON COUNTY (inactive) Unit #5477
    (828) 692-7180 h (828) 692-7180 o
    Mail 837 Oak Street Hendersonville, NC 28791

    Branch HERTFORD COUNTY Unit #5403
    Mail P.O. Box 61 Ahoskie, NC 27910
    FAX (252) 345-0318

    Branch HICKORY Unit # 5404
    Mail P.O. Box 2593 Hickory, NC 28603
    Email emersay at aol.com

    Branch HIGH POINT Unit # 5405
    Office Phone: (336) 887-2470. Fax: (336) 454-5633.
    Pres Oveter McLean (336) 887 2590 h
    Mail P.O. Box 62 High Point, NC 27261
    Email hpnaacp at hotmail.com

    Branch HOKE COUNTY Unit #5406
    Mail P.O. Box 157 Raeford, NC 28376
    Email Jnov211959 at aol.com hokenaacp at msn.com

    Branch HYDE COUNTY Unit #5482
    Mail P.O. Box 216 Engelhard, NC 27824
    Email Destinty3 at beachlink.com

    Branch JOHNSTON COUNTY Unit #5408
    Mail P.O. Box 714 Clayton, NC 27528
    Email hodgeswillis at embarqmail.com

    Branch JONES COUNTY Unit #5409
    Mail P.O. Box 68 Trenton, NC 28585

    Branch LAGRANGE (Lenoir County) Unit #5649
    Mail 104 Dawson Street LaGrange, NC 28551

    Branch LEE COUNTY Unit #5447
    (919) 775-7593
    Mail 1509 Pinehurst Street Sanford, NC 27330

    Branch LENOIR COUNTY (KINSTON) Unit #5412
    Mail P.O. Box 805 Kinston, NC 28501
    Email klonaacp at suddenlink.net

    Branch LINCOLN COUNTY Unit #5411
    Mail P.O. Box 1754 Lincolnton, NC 28092
    Email rsham at bellsouth.net

    Branch MARTIN COUNTY Unit #5417
    Mail P.O. Box 1123 Williamston, NC 27892
    Email Lond792 at hotmail.com

    Branch MONTGOMERY COUNTY Unit #5420
    Mail P.O. Box 428 Candor, NC 27229
    Email Acopeland45 at embarqmail.com

    Branch MOORE COUNTY Unit #5421
    Mail P.O. Box 1351 Southern Pines, NC 28388
    Email odw3220 at embarqmail.com Website: http://moorenaacp.com/

    Branch NASH COUNTY Unit #5422
    Mail P.O. Box 220 Spring Hope, NC 27882

    Branch NEW HANOVER COUNTY Unit #5424
    Mail P.O. Box 2199 Wilmington, NC 28402
    Email Hbeatty1 at bellsouth.net

    Branch NORTHAMPTON COUNTY Unit #5426
    Mail P.O. Box 2 Seaboard, NC 27876

    Branch NORTHERN ORANGE Unit #5427
    Mail P.O. Box 302 Hillsborough, NC 27278

    Branch ONSLOW COUNTY Unit #5428
    Mail P.O. Box 1152 Jacksonville, NC 28541
    Email Onslow-naacp at yahoo.com

    Branch PAMLICO COUNTY Unit #5429
    Mail 321 Lovick Lee Road Oriental, NC 28571

    Branch PASQUOTANK COUNTY Unit #5430
    Mail P.O. Box 211 Elizabeth City, NC 27909
    Email pasquotanknaacp at yahoo.com

    Branch PENDER COUNTY Unit #5431
    Mail P.O. Box 162 Hampstead, NC 28443

    Branch PERQUIMANS COUNTY Unit #5432
    Mail P.O. Box 42 Winfall, NC 27985
    Email fred at inteliport.com

    Branch PERSON COUNTY Unit #5433
    Mail P.O. Box 1363 Roxboro, NC 27573
    Email lutcffollowup at aol.com

    Branch PITT COUNTY Unit #5463
    Mail P.O. Box 8626 Greenville, NC 27834
    Email Hccbeab1 at wmconnect.com

    Branch PLYMOUTH (Washington County) Unit #5434
    Mail P.O. Box 299 Plymouth, NC 27962
    Email General1_74734 at yahoo.com

    Branch RALEIGH/APEX (Wake County) Unit #5436
    Mail P.O. Box 26502 Raleigh, NC 27611
    Email Theprofessor06 at yahoo.com

    Branch RANDOLPH COUNTY (Asheboro) Unit #5438
    Mail P.O. Bo x 4875 Asheboro, NC 27204
    Email amccormick at triad.rr.com

    Mail 1302 Hwy 29 Business Reidsville, NC 27320
    Email seniorclass at msn.com

    Branch RICHMOND COUNTY Unit #5402
    Mail P.O. Box 388 Hamlet, NC 28345
    Email queen at carolina.net

    Branch ROCKY MOUNT Unit #5441
    Mail P.O. Box 6961 Rocky Mount, NC 27802
    Email aknight at rmnaacp.com

    Branch ROPER (Washington County) Unit #5442

    Branch ROWAN COUNTY (SALISBURY) Unit #5456
    Mail P.O. Box 291 Salisbury, NC 28145
    Email Bnj_crown at hotmail.com

    Branch RUTHERFORD COUNTY Unit #5444
    Mail 2811 Heather Glen Lane Charlotte, NC 28202

    Branch SAMPSON COUNTY Unit #5446
    Mail P.O. Box 305 Clinton, NC 28329

    Branch SCOTLAND COUNTY Unit #5448
    Mail P.O. Box 545, 128 McGirt’s Bldg Laurinburg, NC 28353
    Email garlandp at ncleg.net

    Mail P O Box 508 Robbins, NC 27325

    Branch SOUTH CENTRAL WAKE Unit #5457
    Mail 7749 Kingsberry Court Raleigh, NC 27615
    Email jrwite at aol.com

    Branch SOUTH IREDELL COUNTY Unit #5476
    Mail P.O Box 5671 Mooresville, NC 28117
    Email Easystreet4 at msn.com

    Branch STANLY COUNTY Unit #5453
    Email bsmaske at yahoo.com

    Branch STATESVILLE BRANCH Unit #5454
    Mail P.O. Box 1746 Statesville, NC 28687
    Email retsarge at bellsouth.net

    Branch STOKES COUNTY Unit #5455
    Mail P.O. Box 313 Walnut Cove, NC 27052

    Branch SURRY COUNTY Unit #5459
    Mail P.O. Box 1925 Mount Airy, NC 27030
    Email pemarch at embarqmail.com

    Mail P.O. Box 2501 Thomasville, NC 27360
    Email stonetruth at northstate.net

    Branch TOISONOT (Wilson County) Unit #5460
    Mail P.O. Box 215 Elm City, NC 27822

    Mail P.O. Box 3419 Lumberton, NC 28359
    Email JLStephens at bellsouth.net

    Branch UNION COUNTY Unit #5416
    Mail P.O. Box 872 Monroe, NC 28111
    Email jguillen at aol.com

    Branch VANCE COUNTY Unit #5464
    Mail P.O. Box 2575 Henderson, NC 27536
    Email garrison at ncol.net

    Branch WARREN COUNTY Unit #5465
    Mail 318 W. Franklin Street Warrenton, NC 27589-1938

    Branch WAYNE COUNTY (Military Affairs) Unit #56A9
    Mail 310 Jeannie Drive Goldsboro, NC 27534

    Branch WENDELL-WAKE COUNTY Unit #5467
    Mail P.O. Box 845 Cary, NC 27512
    Email Chigh42 at yahoo.com

    Branch WILSON COUNTY Unit #5470
    Pres Rev. Alonzo Braggs (910)991-5105 c 252-238-2886 h
    Mail P O Box 375, Burlington, NC
    Email thezoman at hotmail.com

    Mail P.O. Box 4176 Winston-Salem NC 27115
    Email wsnaacp at triadbiz.rr.com

    Branch YADKIN COUNTY Unit #5472
    Mail P.O. Box 159 (P O Box 148) East Bend, NC 27018

    Here are more organizations and groups in North Carolina:

    Democratic Women of Union County hold their monthly meeting the second Monday of every month at the Hilltop Restaurant Hwy 74 and 601 South. Seating for "Dutch Dinner" at 5:30PM, Program & Business at 6:00PM

    Cabarrus County Senior Democrats have their monthly meeting the second Tuesday of every month at Troutman's BBQ restaurant, 1388 US-601-BYP S, Concord, NC. They start at 6.30 pm and for $7 you can enjoy a delicious BBQ buffet.

    Mecklenburg County Democratic Women meet on the second Wednesday of each month, usually at a local library. Meet and greet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00. Meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.
    Contact: Joan Belk, 704-578-4227

    Mecklenburg County Senior Democrats
    meet on the second Friday of each month at Walls AME Zion Church, 2722 Bancroft St. Bring a bag lunch if desired. Meeting time is Noon.
    Contact Sam Brown, 704-553-9061 or sambev_at_bellsouth.net

    The Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County meet on the second Sunday of each month at 7:00 pm. Locations will vary and will be announced in advance of each meeting. Contact Becky Gomer, 704-200-8801 or president_at_meckyoungdems.org

    "Third Thursday Group", a North Carolina Democratic "think tank", meets every third Thursday at Restaurant Costello's from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. 970 Branchview Dr NE, Concord, NC. Join us again to express your views and help to shape the party's agenda as we move into the future!

    African-American Caucus of Mecklenburg County
    Takes place the third Thursday of each Month, at 7:00 pm, at the Texas Land & Cattle Co., 517 University Center Blvd. Contact Michael Lawson 704-458-8150 or mamlawson_at_carolina.rr.com

    Cabarrus County Democratic Women will have their monthly meeting the fourth Thursday of every month at the Stowe A-Way fish restaurant, starting at 6.30 pm. 455 Corban Ave Se, Concord, NC. All Democrats are encouraged to attend.

    Alternative Energy and Sustainable Agriculture in North Carolina:


    There are two kinds of alternate fuels that are readily available that lower your carbon foot print and use AMERICAN resources and create AMERICAN jobs rather than supporting big oil companies and oil nations like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela.

    ETHANOL: Cars labeled FlexFuel (now becoming common in some states) can use up to E85 (85% ethanol/15% gasoline). E85 burns cleaner than gasoline and is usually cheaper. I have used E85 in California and found it to be 10-40 cents cheaper than the cheapest gasoline at the same station. CLICK HERE TO FIND STATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA OFFERING E85. This can be a really good way to help the American economy, help the environment, AND save money.

    BIODIESEL: Pretty much ANY diesel engine can use biodiesel. Biodiesel burns cleaner and in most engines is better for the engine. It can be more expensive than regular diesel depending on the location, but is better for the environment, is better for most diesel engines, and is good for the local economy. You can find nearby stations and cooperatives (often the best option) that offer biodiesel by clicking here and either clicking on your state on the map or entering your zip code. We used biodiesel in a rental car one year and loved it.

    Here are a couple of biodiesel cooperatives in North Carolina. If you drive a diesel car or truck, please check them out.

    Piedmont Biofuels
    The most successful biodiesel cooperative in America
    Pittsboro, NC

    Here is a list of services offered.

    Three locations: Production site, co-op and educational site.

    Check out their website

    Burlington Biodiesel Coop
    Burlington, NC
    Check out their website

    Here are some other alternative energy groups in North Carolina:

    North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association is a 501c3 non-profit membership organization of individuals and businesses interested in sustainable energy. Located in Raleigh but active throughout the state, NCSEA works to ensure a sustainable future by promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in North Carolina through education, public policy and economic development. Go here to get involved. To find upcoming events, go here.

    Greensboro Sustainable Living Meetup Group:
    Meet others in your town interested in various Environmental issues on global and/or a local level.

    This is a forum for people to get together and discuss issues and share ideas on sustainable living. Let's share ideas about organic and locally grown food, reducing toxins in our environment, reducing our use of resources, the carbon issue, raising healthy children, etc.

    People who should join include those with expertise to share, those wanting to learn more, and anyone interested in building community through environmental initiatives. For more info, go here.

    Alternative Energy Resources in North Carolina: a short summary of alternative energy resources for North Carolina. For more information on each technology, visit the State Energy Alternatives Technology Options page.

    North Carolina Sustainable Agriculture Organizations and Publications: Whether you're a beginning farmer, or an experienced agricultural producer interested in transitioning to more sustainable practices, you may want to start by learning more about the principles of sustainable agriculture and some of the "systems" approaches associated with it.

    Repowering NC:

    Appalachian Voices works with communities and organizations across North Carolina committed to a clean energy future. Due to our efforts, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Clean Smokestacks Act in 2002, which has dramatically reduced emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and oxides of nitrogen from fourteen existing coal-fired power plants in the state. Now, we are working to transition away from dirty, coal-fired power, promote energy efficiency and renewable energy, and stop the burning of mountaintop removal coal.

    Repowering North Carolina Coalition

    We are working in coalition with several other grassroots organizations to develop an ambitious vision to get North Carolina moving towards a cleaner energy future. We will be encouraging individuals, organizations, businesses and local governments to endorse a resolution with that goal in mind and leverage regulatory and legislative changes to make a cleaner energy future a reality.

    Moving Away From Coal-Fired Electricity

    Our work in opposing Duke Energy’s Cliffside coal-fired plant culminated in reducing the plant in half and created an atmosphere in which construction of new coal plants will be near impossible in North Carolina. We also made a strong case to move away from mountaintop removal coal, as evidenced by this quote from Jim Rogers, CEO of Duke Energy:

    “I’m under incredible pressure on mountaintop mining…I’m doing the math now and looking to determine my contracts and posing the question to my team, what if we made a policy decision that we’re not going to buy coal as a consequence of mountaintop mining. I actually can see a future where coal is not in the equation in 2050.”

    We will continue to advocate that capital investments be made in renewable energy and energy efficiency, rather than in coal-fired power plants.


    Learn more about wind energy in North Carolina

    In Western North Carolina alone, there is enough responsibly-sited wind power to easily replace the Cliffside plant. However, North Carolina is currently facing the most extreme, anti-wind energy legislation in the country, in the form of Senate Bill 1068.

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