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Without Duke Energy, Pat McCrory wouldn’t be Governor. Now, with Duke’s coal-ash spill, he may very well be a one-term Governor.
 
Get some popcorn and get a comfortable chair, because this movie is going to run for a long time. At least through the 2016 election. And it will dominate the rest of McCrory’s time as Governor.
 
He has to be thinking: “The damned pipe has to burst NOW, when I’m Governor?”
 
In all his years at Duke, McCrory probably never visited an ash pond. But he worked there for 29 years. He was an executive there while millions of tons of ash accumulated in Duke’s ponds. His administration made environmental regulatory reform a high-profile issue. Then – BOOM! – an environmental catastrophe hits on his watch.
 
Now he faces an endless reel of front-page stories, revelations about regulatory relationships and demagogic debates over who should pay. (Spoiler alert: In the end, the ratepayers will pay. They always do. No matter what posturing politicians promise.)
 
And then there’s the dead-serious matter of grand jury subpoenas and a federal investigation.
 
McCrory won’t get any cover from Republican legislators. They’ll be happy to throw him in the ash pit to save themselves.
 
That’s why the spill won’t be a deciding issue this year. Every candidate for the legislature will blast Duke and DENR. They’ll promise to get this mess cleaned up and it won’t cost ratepayers a cent. That will put off the day of reckoning to 2016.
 
When McCrory will find out how truly lonely it is at the top.
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Mark Turner
# Mark Turner
Friday, March 14, 2014 10:11 AM
Wait, Gary. Just three days ago you said voters didn't care about the ash thing but do care about education. Now you seem to say this ash will stick to McCrory. I'm confused. Which is it?
Choo
# Choo
Friday, March 14, 2014 11:55 AM
There could be something really serious happen between now and the elections like a traffic jam. That could take all the attention away from some ash pond that executives should have walked around and looked at. You know, look at the pond and make an observation that at some time in the future this pond would have a break or leak and cause a problem. It's part of their job description I guess. I see a lot of executives walking around factories and plants looking to see if something could happen at some time. Don't think they hire engineers to look into that kind of thing. As long as you keep the voters dumb you can keep up the lies I guess.
dap916
# dap916
Saturday, March 15, 2014 6:32 PM
Just want to respond to this part of your post: "In all his years at Duke, McCrory probably never visited an ash pond. But he worked there for 29 years. He was an executive there while millions of tons of ash accumulated in Duke’s ponds. His administration made environmental regulatory reform a high-profile issue. Then – BOOM! – an environmental catastrophe hits on his watch."

Look Gary...the democratic party of North Carolina is in such shambles, it's looking for anything to try to dig them out of the hole they've dug for themselves. And, of course, a great many of the various liberal/democratic leaning media sources in our fair state will be helping the lib/progressives by doing everything they can to make McCrory out to be the bad guy in this horrendous spill that was most certainly something that could have been avoided. McCrory wasn't involved in that kind of thing while employed by Duke Power and very few people don't know that to be true. He had absolutely nothing to do with it. In fact, the problem with the ponds and the leaks happened because of a lack of oversight by DEMOCRATS....by people employed by DEMOCRATS...by state government agencies while DEMOCRATS were in power in our state. But, of course, that's being ignored and there's no reporting on that little piece of truth.

Now, when you talk about who is gonna have to pay for this whole mess, I'm on your side Mr. Pearce. NO WAY should ANY of the clean up or ANY of the moving of ponds or ANY of the other correction methods needed by Duke Power should be paid for by rate payers and MOST CERTAINLY not by taxpayers. I'm on board with that and if you checked it, the VAST majority of republicans/conservatives feel that way too.

Duke Power is a business and they must pay for their mistakes and misdeeds. End of story.

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