Monday, March 5, 2007

Buncombe County Commission Scorecard

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By Screwy Hoolie

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingNathan Ramsey, Chair of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, recently broke the rules of order to allow a Progress Energy representative unlimited time to speak. Ramsey's petulant disrespect for those who signed up hours earlier to have three minutes of floor time is stunning in its arrogance.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingBill Stanley, County Commissioner, sat in back-room negotiations with Progress Energy for two years without approaching the hundreds of alternative energy entrepreneurs and researchers in this area to ask for healthy energy solutions.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCarol Peterson, County Commissioner and wife of Congressman Heath Shuler's District Director Bruce Peterson, also sat in on the secret meetings. She also chose not to consult with area experts on alternative energies. Mrs. Peterson prefers polluting our air to talking to progressives. She lined up with the Commission's Republicans and will need to change her position or receive a very public rebuke.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDavid Young, County Commissioner and rumored candidate for Liddy Dole's Senate seat, was not, so far as Hooligans know, involved in the back room dealing with Progress Energy. Despite this, he voted with Ramsey, Stanley, and Peterson. His unwillingness to ask questions about this subversion of the democratic process puts him in the role of yes-man and/or limp noodle.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingDavid Gantt, County Commissioner and rumored candidate for Chair, also voted for the deal despite, to our knowledge, being shut out of the secret backroom negotiations. He has not demonstrated any sort of leadership on this matter. That being said, he may be the commissioner most willing to recognize his error and move to rescind or postpone granting the lease to Progress Energy.

Please write to the commissioner(s) of your choice today and/or send a letter to the editors of our fine mountain publications.

Nathan Ramsey, Chairman
(828) 768-3216

David Gantt
(828) 252-2852

Bill Stanley
(828) 250-4007

Carol Peterson
(828) 250-4005

David Young
(828) 274-2555

Asheville Citizen-Times

Mountain Express

Asheville Daily Planet

Asheville Tribune

Thanks for getting involved! And a special thank you to Scrutiny Hooligans for the addresses.


Gordon Smith said...

I got my list from Mountain Voices Alliance's page, but I did write the post.

Anonymous said...

Has the AC-T covered this story yet, or is this still a blogosphere / activist story.

I haven't seen it featured on the frontpage

Gordon Smith said...


The AC-T considers it an "environmental" story despite its obvious health and economy aspects. They just hired a new enviromental reporter... from New Jersey... who's never lived here before...

Don't hold your breath. The AC-T is way behind the curve on this one.